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p. 9213. Decision theory: great expectationslocked

  • Graham Priest

Abstract

Pascal’s Wager is about choosing whether to believe in God or not. The argument concludes that the only logical course of action is to believe in God (if you don’t and God does exist then you are going to suffer after death). ‘Decision theory: great expectations’ is concerned with the topic of inductive (or practical) reasoning: about how one should act. Pascal’s Wager collapses if we consider the possibility of many gods, or a different God to the one we are to ‘believe’ in. The best course of action isn’t necessarily to decide according to the greatest expectation. There are situations where this definitely seems to give the wrong results.

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