Wagering with and without Pascal

Res Philosophica 95 (1):95-110 (2018)
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Abstract
Pascal’s wager has received the attention of philosophers for centuries. Most of its criticisms arise from how the wager is often framed. We present Pascal’s wager three ways: in isolation from any further apologetic arguments, as leading toward a regimen intended to produce belief, and finally embedded in a larger apology that includes evidence for Christianity. We find that none of the common objections apply when the wager is presented as part of Pascal’s larger project. Pascal’s wager is a successful argument in its proper place. However, the most interesting features of our first two presentations of the wager turn out to be either irrelevant or missing from our reading: infinite utility and the relativity of evidence. The successful wager is a boring wager. Still, this study shows us how the wager might profitably be incorporated into different apologetic contexts and why it often can’t.
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2017, 2018
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2168-9105
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ANDWWA-4
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Archival date: 2019-11-24
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The Will to Believe.James, William

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Salvaging Pascal’s Wager.Jackson, Elizabeth & Rogers, Andrew

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