File spoon-archives/foucault.archive/foucault_2000/foucault.0004, message 20

Date: Mon, 24 Apr 2000 10:05:29 +0200
Subject: Pascal's "vile root"

Isn't the superiority of human logic and reason a base for the modern
project? I found this quote from Pascal, suggesting that mankind aren't
always perfect.

453. From lust men have found and extracted excellent rules of policy,
morality, and justice; but in reality this vile root of man, this figmentum
malum, is only covered, it is not taken away.

Pensées, by Blaise Pascal (1660, translated by W. F. Trotter).

Kent Lofgren

Dept. of Education
Umea University
S-901 87 Umea


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