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Michael W. Rota
University of St. Thomas, Minnesota
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The standard version of Pascal’s Wager suffers from serious problems. In this paper I present a modified version of a Wager-style argument that avoids several of the most serious objections to the standard version, viz., the objections of Duff and Hájek relating to infinite utilities, moral objections concerning the use of pragmatic considerations, and the many-gods objection. I argue that a serious commitment to living a Christian life is rational if one is rational in assigning a credence to Christianity of at least one-half. The upshot is that considerations of practical rationality dramatically lower the bar for natural theology.
Keywords Pascal's Wager  Pascal  Contemporary Philosophy  infinite utilities  expected value
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ISBN(s) 1051-3558
DOI 10.5840/acpq20166288
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