Sophia

, Volume 50, Issue 3, pp 331–344

Pascal’s Wager and the Nature of God

Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11841-010-0213-5

Cite this article as:
Janzen, G. SOPHIA (2011) 50: 331. doi:10.1007/s11841-010-0213-5

Abstract

This paper argues that Pascal’s formulation of his famous wager argument licenses an inference about God's nature that ultimately vitiates the claim that wagering for God is in one’s rational self-interest. Specifically, it is argued that if we accept Pascal’s premises, then we can infer that the god for whom Pascal encourages us to wager is irrational. But if God is irrational, then the prudentially rational course of action is to refrain from wagering for him.

Keywords

Pascal’s wagerTheoretical rationalityPrudential rationalityProbability assignments

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada