Pragmatic Arguments and Belief in God

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[Revised entry by Jeff Jordan on July 29, 2022.
Changes to: Main text, Bibliography]
Unlike the Cosmological Argument or the Design Argument, theistic pragmatic arguments are not arguments for the proposition that God exists; they are arguments that believing that God exists is rational. The most famous theistic pragmatic argument is Pascal’s Wager. Though we touch on this argument briefly, this entry focuses primarily on the theistic pragmatic arguments found in William James, J.S. Mill, and others. It also explores the logic of pragmatic…

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