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Blaise Pascal on Duplicity, Sin, and the Fall: The Secret Instinct

William Wood


Blaise Pascal on Duplicity, Sin, and the Fall: The Secret Instinct presents Pascal’s account of the cognitive consequences of the Fall. The central claim is that for Pascal, the Fall is a fall into duplicity. He holds that, as fallen selves in a fallen world, human beings have an innate aversion to the truth that is also, at the same time, an aversion to God. According to Pascal, we are born into a duplicitous world that shapes us into duplicitous subjects, and so we find it easy to reject God continually and deceive ourselves about our own sinfulness. Pascal’s account of the noe ... More

Keywords: Pascal, sin, the Fall, deception, self-deception, duplicity, subjectivity, the self, noetic effects of sin, cognitive consequences of the Fall

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199656363
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199656363.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Wood, author
Fellow and Tutor in Theology, Oriel College, Oxford