The pragmatic argument blaise pascal, 1623 - 1662, was both a mathematician and a philosopher he had studied many of the traditional arguments for the existence of god but did not find the arguments persuasive. Pascal addresses our criticism of premise 8 by endorsing a type of indirect voluntarism according to which, if we behave as though we believe in god, we will eventually acquire this belief the fact that this acquisition may be at the expense of “deadening our acuteness” is of no concern to pascal. Pascal's wager is an argument in philosophy presented by the seventeenth-century french philosopher, mathematician and physicist blaise pascal (1623–1662) it posits that humans bet with their lives that god either exists or does not. “pascal’s wager” is the name given to an argument due to blaise pascal for believing, or for at least taking steps to believe, in god the name is somewhat misleading, for in a single section of his pensées, pascal apparently presents at least three such arguments, each of which might be called a ‘wager’—it is only the final of these that is traditionally referred to as “pascal. Pascal’s wager is an attempt to justify belief in god not with an appeal to evidence for his existence but rather with an appeal to self-interest it is in our interests to believe in the god of christianity, the argument suggests, and it is therefore rational for us to do so.
The wager at the heart of the philosophy of pascal goldmann, the famous exegesis of the thought of blaise pascal‘s wager said it is “the center of gravity of his philosophy,” and acknowledges that the famous argument should be of interest to the libertines this argument, one of the most famous from pascal’s thoughts, hides a real complexity and deserves an explanation. Blaise pascal was a french philosopher who presented the argument in favour of belief in god, which has become known as “pascal’s wager”  pascal’s wager: pascal thought the arguments for both the existence of god were not compelling and also that the arguments against the existence of god were not compelling. Blaise pascal christian theology and philosophy philosophy of religion theology god religion philosophy: why did blaise pascal admit it's unknown that god exists but argued it was a good bet to believe and behave if god exists (pascal's wager) update cancel answer wiki. Religion pascal - examining pascal's argument for god a critical discussion of blaise pascal's the wager essay - a critical discussion of blaise pascal's the wager in the gambling world bets are made based on odds, the probability or likelihood that something would happen.
It is better to believe in god's existence than to deny it classic philosophical questions part 3 - philosophy of religion blaise pascal, from pensees kem stone - 23 august 2007 e ssay index one of the most well-known arguments in favour religious faith is pascal’s wager, which defends the practice of. Pascal's wager, so-called because it was devised by the brilliant catholic philosopher blaise pascal (1623-1662), is an apologetics method in the form of a wager aimed at getting atheists and agnostics to consider the possibility that god exists and that there is a heaven and hell. Blaise pascal (1623-1662) martin jenkins looks at the life of a mathematician-philosopher apologist blaise pascal was a physicist, mathematician, geometer, calculating-machine designer, controversialist and christian apologist – but was he a philosopher. Blaise pascal burned with the kind of intensity and aggression uncharacteristic of those who have long, peaceful lives he was a fierce flame with a short wick it was june 19, 1623 — 390 years ago now — that pascal was born in clermont, france, to a mother who would die when he was only a toddler.
Pascal's wager is one attempt to address that question, and pascal's thinking can't be fully understood unless we also understand the intellectual context he was working in religious faith, and the relationship between faith and reason, are integral parts of that context. Life would be impoverished if we confined to an epistemology that clifford advocates we shouldn't make random leaps of faith, but practical considerations often force us to make a decision regarding propositions that don't have clear truth value. Infini-rien—blaise pascal’s wager fragment (pensées 418, translated by krailsheimer)—is fraught with interpretative difficulties reconstruction of the text from the original manuscript is controversial interpretation of the reconstructed text is doubly controversial.
Pascal maintains that we are incapable of knowing whether god exists or not, yet we must wager one way or the other reason cannot settle which way we should incline, but a consideration of the relevant outcomes supposedly can. Pascal's mother died when he was 3, and his father moved the family from clermont-ferrand, france, to paris, where he homeschooled blaise and his sister by age 10, pascal was doing original. For pascal, a decision to believe god's revelation (in the relevant sense of ‘believe’) is not based on rational calculation nor, as indicated above, does it presuppose a philosophical argument in favour of god's existence. William james adopted blaise pascal’s argument concerning faith in christianity being a candidate of action to choose (from pascal’s wager) james alluded to faith as a certain, delectable.
Pensées expresses numerous reflections concerning a few central themes the christian religion as known by pascal teaches two essential truths: “that there is a god, to whom men may attain, and. A doubter, through the argument of the wager he develops faith in god based on self-interest (but faith in god nonetheless), which in time might be refined and purified into proper faith. The seventeenth-century mathematician, blaise pascal, is famous for his pascal's wager according to pascal, one might as well believe in god, because if you are wrong, it won't matter therefore, one should believe in god to hedge ones bets, so to speak. Catholic encyclopedia (1913)/blaise pascal by making acts of faith even before we have faith another curious argument of pascal's is that which is known as the argument of the wager god exists or he does not exist, and we must of necessity lay odds for or against him.
These are pascal’s wager and the ontological argument however, neither is valid because they both have been refuted pascal’s wager, devised by blaise pascal, states that it is better to believe in god and be wrong than to not believe in god and be wrong. Pascal's wager pascal concedes that a belief in god's existence cannot be supported by argument or evidence, but maintains that religious belief is rationally required nonetheless theoretical vs practical rationality the argument tacitly exploits the distinction between theoretical rationality and practical rationality. Is lost than if one is an atheist and there is a god who requires belief in god for endless felicity3 the sceptic in pascal's dialogue is convinced of this prudential reasoning, but confesses that he can yet not believe. Pascal’s wager is an argument for the existence of god developed by 17th century mathematician and philosopher blaise pascal pascal’s wager is the most famous part of his collection of notes known as the pensées.
Pascal's wager: pragmatic arguments and belief in god and millions of other books are available for amazon kindle learn more enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free kindle app. Pascal’s wager so far we have discussed a number of arguments for or against the blaise pascal was a 17th century french philosopher, theologian, and this is quite different than the sorts of arguments we have discussed so far for belief in god each of those arguments made a case for belief in god on the basis of a case for the.