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The Other Pascals: The Philosophy of Jacqueline Pascal, Gilberte Pascal Périer, and Marguerite Périer

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2019.10.15 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews John J. Conley, The Other Pascals: The Philosophy of Jacqueline Pascal, Gilberte Pascal Périer, and Marguerite Périer, University of Notre Dame Press, 2019, 263pp., $55.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780268105136. Reviewed by Daniel Collette, Marquette University While literary scholars and historians have long paid attention to the Port-Royal nuns, Anglophone philosophers have largely seen their role as a supporting cast for Antoine Arnauld and Blaise Pascal -- if not overlooking their contributions altogether. In the past decade, only two book-length studies touch on the convent's philosophies: John J. Conley's study of three Arnauld sisters, Adoration and Annihilation: The Convent Philosophy of Port-Royal (University of Notre Dame Press, 2009), and Daniella Kostroun's Feminism, Absolutism, and Jansenism (Cambridge, 2011). Beyond this, other than Conley's reader of Jacqueline Pascal's work (A Rule for Children and Other Writings, University of Chicago Press, 2003) and a recent article, little philosophical literature on these women exists in English. So Conley's monograph on the Pascal women... Read More

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