Salvaging Pascal’s Wager

Philosophia Christi (forthcoming)

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Elizabeth Jackson
Australian National University
Abstract
Many think that Pascal’s Wager is a hopeless failure. A primary reason for this is because a number of challenging objections have been raised to the wager, including the “many gods” objection and the “mixed strategy” objection. We argue that both objections are formal, but not substantive, problems for the wager, and that they both fail for the same reason. We then respond to additional objections to the wager. We show how a version of Pascalian reasoning succeeds, giving us a reason to pay special attention to the infinite consequences of our actions.
Keywords Pascal's Wager  Decision Theory  Infinite Decision Theory  Heaven  Hell  Temporal Discounting  Transformative Experience
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