Pascal's Wager

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Name Date Professor’s Name Course Section/# A Losing Bet Pascal’s infamous wager regards weighing the benefits of belief versus disbelief in the presence of an almighty power. As such, the wager specifically states with regards to the cost-benefit analysis of belief versus disbelief, “If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing”.


It should be noted that it is not the intent of this paper to judge Pascal’s wager in an attempt to evoke an overall belief or disbelief in god; rather, the purpose of this analysis is to weight Pascal’s wager on the scales of rational and philosophical thought. On the surface, Pascal’s wager includes the very elements of simplicity that those considering philosophical questions crave. However, as is often the case, such simplicity belies the fact that there are many underlying fallacies that are accepted when one chooses to so utterly simplify the question of the existence of a higher power to such Boolean algebraic equations (Nemoianu 31). In short, although it is convenient, such complex questions should necessarily not be reduced to their most basic form based purely on the desire to create simplicity of understanding. The first question that the reader must ask is with regards to whether Pascal’s wager is a persuasive one. From the point of view of this author the answer to this question is a resounding no. The reason for this lack of respect for Pascal’s wager is based on the philosophical grounds that relates back to the very belief and rational for believing or disbelieving in a superior being. ...
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