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Pascal's Wager: Pragmatic Arguments and Belief in God

Jeff Jordan

Abstract

What if there is no strong evidence that God exists? Is belief in God when faced with a lack of evidence illegitimate and improper? Evidentialism answers yes. According to Evidentialism, it is impermissible to believe any proposition lacking adequate evidence. And, if any thesis enjoys the status of a dogma among philosophers, it is Evidentialism. Presenting a direct challenge to Evidentialism are pragmatic arguments for theism, which are designed to support belief in the absence of adequate evidence. Pascal's Wager is the most prominent theistic pragmatic argument, and issues in epistemology, ... More

Keywords: ethics of belief, Evidentialism, Hume, infinite utilities, many-gods objection, pragmatic arguments, St. Petersburg paradox, William James, will-to-believe

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199291328
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291328.001.0001

Authors

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Jeff Jordan, author
University of Delaware
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