Beyond the Contingent
Epistemological Authority, a Pascalian Revival, and the Religious Imagination in Third Republic France
Imprint: Pickwick Publications
"Kathleen Mulhern offers a well-written and deeply documented study of how the philosophy and theology of Blaise Pascal influenced certain later thinkers (the Pascalisants) in their response to the religious and scientific controversies of their day. In so doing, she provides deep insights not only into Pascal's worldview, but also concerning early modern European intellectual history (particularly Third Republic France), the philosophy of science, and the philosophy of religion. Readers interested in any or all of these areas will be ably rewarded by studying this valuable volume."
Professor of Philosophy
"Why Pascalian principles resonated for a community of French Catholic intellectuals at the end of the nineteenth century and why their efforts to constitute a philosophical system that simultaneously respected the accomplishments of science, affirmed the existence of God, and honored the autonomy of the individual conscience ultimately failed is the story that Beyond the Contingent unpacks with admirable rigor."
-from the Foreword by Martha Hanna
University of Colorado, Boulder