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Unformatted text preview: o Agnosticism and atheism have the effect of wagering that the GCB does not exist. o “If you gain, you gain all. If you lose, you lose all.” o “Life is good. Eternal life is better.” • Practical rationality again o You have a set of available actions. o There are a number of possible states of the world o You have a set of outcomes for those options, depending on how the world is. o You assign a value ranking to each of those possible outcomes • Questions for Pascal o Suppose I’m convinced that it is practically rational to be a theist. Can I really make myself believe something? o Would a GCB really reward someone who became a believer on such self-interested grounds? • Cargile’s Question o How do we know that the possible owner-operator of the universe is the sort of being who will send religious people to Heaven? (p.253)...
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course PHIL 100 taught by Professor Green during the Fall '06 term at UVA.
- Fall '06