One of the most renowned pages of Pascal's Pensées offers an astonishing phenomenology of the all-powerful action of imagination in human life. This article retraces the genesis of this text and reassesses the sources of Pascal's conception of imagination. It argues that Pascal builds up his definition of the imagination as an ‘anti-theodicy’ which carefully recalls and then criticizes the Cartesian ‘theodicy of error’ and the foundation of the ‘general rule’ of truth proposed by the Fourth Meditation. In doing so, Pascal undermines the major aim of Descartes's Meditations, which is to secure human nature against any doubt as to its intrinsic perfection. Where, according to Descartes, human knowledge is finite yet perfectly secured in its accomplishments when we use the faculties of our mind correctly, Pascal describes imagination as a deceptive faculty that seems to have been given to us specifically to lead us into necessary error.
|Titolo:||Necessary error : Pascal on imagination and Descartes’ Fourth Meditation|
|Parole Chiave:||Pascal; Descartes; imagination; Pensees; Metaphysical Meditations; theodicy|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore M-FIL/06 - Storia della Filosofia|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2017|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1080/20563035.2017.1318474|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|