Pascal, Pascalberg, and friends

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Pascal’s wager has to face the many gods objection. The wager goes wrong when it asks us to chose between Christianity and atheism, as if there are no other options. Some have argued that we’re entitled to dismiss exotic, bizarre, or subjectively unappealing religions from the scope of the wager. But they have provided no satisfying justification for such a radical wager-saving dispensation. This paper fills that dialectical gap. It argues that some agents are blameless or even praiseworthy for ignoring all but one religion as they face the wager. The argument leads us to multiple Pascals: a Jewish one, a Christian one, a Muslim one, and more.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-130
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Journal for Philosophy of Religion
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2020

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  • Pascal
  • Rationality
  • Social epistemology
  • Thinkability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy


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