, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 277–285

Pascal’s Wager and Deciding About the Life-Sustaining Treatment of Patients in Persistent Vegetative State

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s12152-011-9113-9

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Varelius, J. Neuroethics (2013) 6: 277. doi:10.1007/s12152-011-9113-9


An adaptation of Pascal’s Wager argument has been considered useful in deciding about the provision of life-sustaining treatment for patients in persistent vegetative state. In this article, I assess whether people making such decisions should resort to the application of Pascal’s idea. I argue that there is no sufficient reason to give it an important role in making the decisions.


End of life decisionsLife-sustaining treatmentPascal’s WagerPatientPersistent vegetative state

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Behavioural Sciences and PhilosophyUniversity of TurkuTurkuFinland