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dc.contributor.authorPasternack, Lawrence
dc.date.accessioned2019-09-26T00:08:20Z
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dc.date.created2017-10-28 23:24
dc.date.issued2012
dc.identifieroai:philpapers.org/rec/PASTMG
dc.identifierhttps://philpapers.org/rec/PASTMG
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12424/616697
dc.description.abstractThe Many Gods Objection (MGO) is widely viewed as a decisive criticism of Pascal’s Wager. By introducing a plurality of hypotheses with infinite expected utility into the decision matrix, the wagerer is left without adequate grounds to decide between them. However, some have attempted to rebut this objection by employing various criteria drawn from the theological tradition. Unfortunately, such defenses do little good for an argument that is supposed to be an apologetic aimed at atheists and agnostics. The purpose of this paper is to offer a defensive strategy of a different sort, one more suited to the Wager’s apologetic aim and status as a decision under ignorance. Instead of turning to criteria independent of the Wager, it will be shown that there are characteristics already built into its decision theoretic structure that can be used to block many categories of theological hypotheses including MGO’s more outrageous “cooked-up” hypotheses and “philosophers’ fictions”. Please note that there are editorial errors in the published version. They have been corrected in the attached.
dc.languageen
dc.language.isoeng
dc.subjectPhilosophy
dc.titleThe Many Gods Objection to Pascal's Wager: A Decision Theoretic Response
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