Pascal’s First Wager Reconsidered: A Virtue Theoretic View

International Philosophical Quarterly 46 (1):75-90 (2006)
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Abstract

There are at least two versions of the famous Wager argument to be found in Pascal’s Pensées. In contemporary work on the Wager, attention is almost always focused on the second. In this paper, we take a look at the first, which is often quickly dismissed as a failure. Indeed, it seems to be generally believed that Pascal himself quickly dismissed it as a failure. We fi rst argue that Pascal himself accepted the argument. Then we argue that those who accept a virtue theoretic account of human flourishing ought to agree with Pascal in accepting the argument.

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Patrick Toner
Wake Forest University
Christopher H. Toner
University of St. Thomas, Minnesota

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