Pascal, then, valued both faith and reason, emphasizing an intuitive heart sense of god, as well as the implementation of various lines of argumentation and reasoning in support of christianity 12. Pascal's wager is the name given to an argument due to blaise pascal for believing, or for at least taking steps to believe, in god. The pragmatic argument blaise pascal, 1623 - 1662, was both a mathematician and a philosopher he had studied many of the traditional arguments for the existence of god but did not find the arguments persuasive. In the seventeenth century the mathematician blaise pascal formulated his infamous pragmatic argument for belief in god in pensées the argument runs as follows: if you erroneously believe in god, you lose nothing (assuming that death is the absolute end), whereas if you correctly believe in god.
Pascal's wager is an argument in philosophy presented by blaise pascal (1623-62) it posits that humans bet with their lives that god either exists or does not pascal argues that a rational person should live as though god exists and seek to believe in god. Pascal's wager breaks with the tradition of arguing for the existence of god on the basis of reason, instead putting forth a practical reason for believing in god, or at least acting as if he exists.
In the pensées, pascal also presents his famous argument for faith: the wager since reason cannot give one absolute certainty, he argued, every person must risk belief in something. Pascal's wager is an enduring argument, and some people claim to have come to faith because of it yet it has many critics and isn't a knock-down argument a recent article on the wager said: this is not an argument for the actual existence of god. Pensées expresses numerous reflections concerning a few central themes the christian religion as known by pascal teaches two essential truths: that there is a god, to whom men may attain, and. Pascal does not believe that god's existence can be established by reason, but that nevertheless we must choose whether or not to believe, and since we must choose we might as well choose to believe, as we have everything to gain if we do, and nothing to lose. Is lost than if one is an atheist and there is a god who requires belief in god for endless felicity3 the sceptic in pascal's dialogue is convinced of this prudential reasoning, but confesses that he can yet not believe.
Michael rota's book, considered with respect to organization, cogency of argument, and clarity of writing, merits high rank among contemporary works in apologetics and natural theology he relies on an updated version of pascal's wager to advance a compelling, sophisticated defense of. Michael rota's book is an ingenious, readable expansion of pascal's hint in pensées that commitment to god is worth making even if we can't be sure god exists this is the rare book that both makes a profoundly serious argument and does so in a wonderfully joyful way. Pascal's wager is an argument for the existence of god developed by 17th century mathematician and philosopher blaise pascal pascal's wager is the most famous part of his collection of notes known as the pensées.
Pascal addresses our criticism of premise 8 by endorsing a type of indirect voluntarism according to which, if we behave as though we believe in god, we will eventually acquire this belief the fact that this acquisition may be at the expense of deadening our acuteness is of no concern to pascal. Pascal's wager, for those who are unaware, is a common argument in favor of religious belief it says you should believe in god, because if you are right, you go to heaven, and if you are wrong, you lose nothing.
God's existence has been an ever-popular topic, but belief in god's existence is a psychological issue one of the most interesting view on this is pascal's view on faith in god who was blaise pascal. Pascal's wager pascal concedes that a belief in god's existence cannot be supported by argument or evidence, but maintains that religious belief is rationally required nonetheless. The seventeenth-century scientist, mathematician, and philosopher blaise pascal (1623-62) offers a timeless argument for the truth of christianity based on what at first glance appears to be a paradox in human nature.
Preface to the second part—to speak of those who have treated of this matter 1: i admire the boldness with which these persons undertake to speak of god in addressing their argument to infidels, their first chapter is to prove divinity from the works of nature. Pascal even suggested that some may not, at the time, have the ability to believe in god in such a case, one should live as if he had faith anyway perhaps living as if one had faith may lead one to actually come to faith now there have been criticisms over the years from various camps. Pascal's wager is not a good argument for believing in god but not for the reason most scoffers on this page are claiming first, it's not a good reason to believe, because it's not believing at all. Pascal's wager is an attempt to justify belief in god not with an appeal to evidence for his existence but rather with an appeal to self-interest it is in our interests to believe in the god of christianity, the argument suggests, and it is therefore rational for us to do so.