Blaise Pascal The Wager Argument

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Elsy Cruz
Professor Tony Roy
Phil 192
10/7/17
Pascal Paper
French physicist and mathematician, Blaise Pascal, had a set of notes found after his death. These notes would then be collected, compiled, and printed into “The Wager”. “The Wager” is a philosophical argument that aims the reader to vindicate the reasonings of God’s existence rather than not believing in god’s creation at all. Even assuming that God’s existence is improbable, the likely benefits of believing in God are extensive in regards to the benefits and infinite gains that are believed to be achieved, unlike not believing in God. Pascal concluded that it is most rational to take trust and shelter within religious views (r-views) rather than other minor insignificant and lowly views such as Atheist views (a-views) and dumb views (d-views).
To analyze this argument we must first have an understanding of the argument for validity. An argument is logically valid if and only if there is no consistent story in which the premises are true and the conclusion is false. If an argument is not valid it is then invalid. To be aware whether an argument or pair of sentences are valid, we make use of the validity test. To prove this consistency, we must follow these effortless elements- (a) List premises with negation of conclusion, (b) Show that no consistent story “hits target” from (a), (c) Apply definition of validity, and (d) Apply definition of soundness. For example, let’s assess these next couple of statements that
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