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Pascal S Wager

Author : James A. Connor
ISBN : 0745952976
Genre : Apologetics
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In the tradition of "Einstein's Dreams" and "Descartes' Secret Notebook," Connor reveals both the man Blaise Pascal and his revolutionary idea that chance and risk are at the heart of the universe.

Pascal S Wager

Author : Jeff Jordan
ISBN : 9780191537578
Genre : Philosophy
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What if there is no strong evidence that God exists? Is belief in God when faced with a lack of evidence illegitimate and improper? Evidentialism answers yes. According to Evidentialism, it is impermissible to believe any proposition lacking adequate evidence. And if any thesis enjoys the status of a dogma among philosophers, it is Evidentialism. Presenting a direct challenge to Evidentialism are pragmatic arguments for theism, which are designed to support belief in the absence of adequate evidence. Pascal's Wager is the most prominent theistic pragmatic argument, and issues in epistemology, the ethics of belief, and decision theory, as well as philosophical theology, all intersect at the Wager. Other prominent theistic pragmatic arguments include William James's celebrated essay, 'The Will to Believe'; a posthumously published and largely ignored pragmatic argument authored by J.S. Mill, supporting the propriety of hoping that quasi-theism is true; the eighteenth-century Scottish essayist James Beattie's argument that the consoling benefit of theistic belief is so great that theistic belief is permissible even when one thinks that the existence of God is less likely than not; and an argument championed by the nineteenth-century French philosopher Jules Lachelier, which based its case for theistic belief on the empirical benefits of believing as a theist, even if theism was very probably false. In Pascal's Wager: Pragmatic Arguments and Belief in God, Jeff Jordan explores various theistic pragmatic arguments, and the objections employed against them. Jordan presents a new version of the Wager, what he calls the 'Jamesian Wager', and argues that the Jamesian Wager survives the objections hurled against theistic pragmatic arguments and provides strong support for theistic belief. In addition to arguing for a sound version of the Wager, Jordan also argues that there is a version of Evidentialism compatible with a principled use of pragmatic arguments, and that the Argument from Divine Silence fails. Objections found in Voltaire, Hume, and Nietzsche against the Wager are scrutinized, as are objections issued by Richard Swinburne, Richard Gale, and other contemporary philosophers. The ethics of belief, the many-gods objection, the problem of infinite utilities, and the propriety of a hope based acceptance are also examined.

Pascal S Wager

Author : Paul Bartha
ISBN : 9781107181434
Genre : Philosophy
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In his famous Wager, Blaise Pascal (1623-62) offers the reader an argument that it is rational to strive to believe in God. Philosophical debates about this classic argument have continued until our own times. This volume provides a comprehensive examination of Pascal's Wager, including its theological framework, its place in the history of philosophy, and its importance to contemporary decision theory. The volume starts with a valuable primer on infinity and decision theory for students and non-specialists. A sequence of chapters then examines topics including the Wager's underlying theology, its influence on later philosophical figures, and contemporary analyses of the Wager including Alan Hjek's challenge to its validity, the many gods objection, and the ethics of belief. The final five chapters explore various ways in which the Wager has inspired contemporary decision theory, including questions related to infinite utility, imprecise probabilities, and infinitesimals.

Pascal S Wager

Author : Nancy Rue
ISBN : 9780307565211
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Confirmed atheist Jill McGavock faces the mental deterioration of her brilliant mother. In a quest to cope with this devastating situation, Jill seeks out philosophy professor Sam Hunt. Savvy Sam challenges Jill to make "Pascal's wager" -- to "bet" that God exists by acting as if he does. The results not only change Jill's mind but transform her life in ways she never could have imagined. An exciting, faith-building thriller!

Philosophy Of Religion

Author : William J. Wainwright
ISBN : STANFORD:36105131273653
Genre : Religion
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The past forty years or so have witnessed a renaissance in the philosophy of religion. New tools and new historical research have prompted many thinkers to take a fresh look at old topics. Moreover, sophisticated examinations of contentious new issues, such as the problem of religious diversity or the role of emotions and other non- evidental factors in shaping rationally held religious beliefs, have also emerged. Comes fully indexed with a comprehensive introduction, newly written by the editor.

The Revival Of Pascal

Author : Dorothy Margaret Eastwood
ISBN : UCAL:B3923456
Genre : Philosophy, French
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The Rationalist Annual

Author : Charles Albert Watts
ISBN : UOM:39015062269132
Genre : Rationalism
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Argumentation Across The Lines Of Discipline Proceedings Of The Conference On Argumentation 1986

Author : Frans H. van Eemeren
ISBN : UCAL:B4390689
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Argument And Analysis

Author : Martin Curd
ISBN : 0314922083
Genre : Philosophy
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Argumentation

Author : Frans H. van Eemeren
ISBN : STANFORD:36105040753415
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Forbes

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The Great Ideas Program Religion And Theology

Author : Mortimer Jerome Adler
ISBN : MINN:31951D00435990T
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Infini Rien

Author : Leslie Armour
ISBN : UOM:39015032733977
Genre : Philosophy
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The wager fragment in Blaise Pascal’s Penseés opens with the phrase "infini rien"—"infinite nothing"—which is meant to describe the human condition. Pascal was responding to what was, even in the seventeenth century, becoming a pressing human problem: we seem to be able to know much about the world but less about ourselves. The traditional European view of human beings as creatures made in the image of God and potentially capable of a mystical union with God was increasingly confounded by the difficulty of finding God in nature. Despite his own scientific work, however, Pascal argued that if one does not know whether or not God exists, one should bet that he does: if one is right the rewards are infinitely good and, if one is wrong, what one has lost is, by comparison, utterly trivial. The argument behind this wager is one of the most celebrated—and disputed—in the history of philosophy. It has been seen in terms of the calculus of probabilities, as a piece of religious apologetic, as an event in the religious and psychological life of Pascal himself, and as an event in the life of the Jansenist movement and its various expressions at Port-Royal. In this book, Leslie Armour explores the underlying logic of ideas brought to the surface by the intersection of two philosophical lines of thought. He shows that Pascal had come to philosophy by way of two particular strands of Platonism, one strongly mystical, associated with the founder of the French Oratorian order, Pierre de Bérulle, and the other the Augustinian Platonism associated with Duvergier de Hauranne and Cornelius Jansen. At the same time Pascal was engaged in an internal struggle with skepticism. While he agreed that it is difficult to find God in physical nature, he disagreed with the claim that we know nothing of nature. The problem is that the human being is both infinite and nothing. Thus, Armour locates Pascal’s wager within the confluence of a vital neo-Platonism and an intellectually powerful skepticism. He concludes that even today, "If we must act and cannot know enough, we must bet."

Across The Lines Of Disciplines

Author : Frans H. van Eemeren
ISBN : 9783110867718
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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A Philosophical Approach To Religion

Author : William Donald Hudson
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Genre : Religion
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Zeitgen?ssische Utopieentw?rfe In Literatur Und Gesellschaft

Author : Rolf Jucker
ISBN : 9042001704
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God Or Allah Truth Or Bull?

Author : Richard Woo
ISBN : 9781609768133
Genre : Religion
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Is there a perfect being? Is everything in the universe a creation of God, the so-called Intelligent Designer? Is there a providential divinity watching over the human drama and occasionally revealing information to us supernaturally? Writing about God and religious issues can attract adverse reactions from people, and one can never be sure of the kind of reception that may ensue even if one's arguments appear to be nothing less than logical. I hope this book will imbue in you a realization that there are no logical arguments for the existence of God or any god, apart from wishy-washy propositions that say little or nothing, and that no empirical evidence has ever been offered in support. Arguments must be decided on the basis of their being factual or non-factual, persuasive or unpersuasive, logical or illogical. Reason is a far more reliable or effective tool than a mountain of faith, especially if faith means adhering blindly to one's religious teachings or dogma. Arguably, whether life is meaningful, whether there is a purpose to the universe, or whether there is a paradise waiting for us after we are buried or cremated are questions that will have to rest with each individual. Thus, if there are any truths to be found in this book, it is for you, the reader, to decide. Before he retired, Richard Woo was in international banking. Today he lives in Singapore, and is an avid reader on topics concerning science, politics, and religion. Publisher's website: http: //www.strategicpublishinggroup.com/title/GodOrAllahTruthOrBull.html

Not Without Prejudice

Author : Edwin Tylor Brown
ISBN : UCAL:B3334490
Genre : Australian essays
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Realms Of Philosophy

Author : William S. Sahakian
ISBN : PSU:000027540718
Genre : Philosophy
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Philosophical Inquiry

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