Pascal’s Wager

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[Revised entry by Alan Hájek on September 11, 2022.
Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html]
“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 Pensees, Pascal apparently presents four such arguments, each of which might be called a ‘wager’ – it is only the third of these that is traditionally referred to as “Pascal’s Wager”. We find in it the extraordinary confluence of several…

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