Pascal's wager is an attempt to justify belief in god not with an appeal to evidence for his existence but rather with an appeal to self-interest it is in our interests to believe in the god of christianity, the argument suggests, and it is therefore rational for us to do so. What did clifford think of belief without evidence lack of belief in the existence of god metaphysics of god in philosophy chapter exam instructions. A major theme among philosophers of religion in the west has been that of god, including questions about the nature and existence of god, challenges to the existence of god, language about god, and so on. Pascal's pragmatic turn, though foreshadowed in earlier writers, was an attempt to argue that theistic belief was the only proper attitude to adopt when faced with the question of the existence of god.
Blaise pascal, the wager abstract: since pascal does not think a sound argument can be given for god's existence, he proposes a persuasive consideration 1. The consequences for religion should be clear: if clifford is right, then believing in god without sufficient evidence -- holding the belief as a matter of faith, as some people put it -- is wrong what are we to make of this. Pragmatic arguments and belief in god according to james, clifford's rule is problematic because, if followed, it would preclude access to restricted. Falla 1 kelly falla philosophy 210 professor edwards 1 april 2012 believe in god or not: james & pascal vs clifford william james and blais pascal focus their essays on reasons to believe in god while wk clifford refutes the concept as human heretic let us begin by reviewing what james.
William james and the forced wager belief in god is a forced wager: to consider pragmatic reasons to believe both james and clifford are working with. Philosophy of religion is there a sound proof of the existence of god mar 1 clifford, do pascal, james, and plantinga give to believe in god which of. Pascals wager and clifford practical vs epistemic reasons to believe a proposition o epistemic (evidential, theoretical) pascal, clifford, james say that if.
According to pascal, we can conceive or our choice whether or not to believe in the existence of god as a wager as in all bets, if we wager properly, then we stand to gain if we wager improperly (or lose the bet), then we stand to suffer a loss. According to pascal, if you bet that god exists, and he does in fact exist, according to clifford, even if a belief that guides an action is true, the holder of. Existential reasons for belief in god: a defense of desires and emotions for faith - kindle edition by clifford williams download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. An explication of william clifford's famous paper the will to believe and how we can use deontic and doxastic logic to understand it arguing god's existence clifford and james on the. Philosophy of religion arguments for the existence of god pascal's wager kalam cosmological argument, dates back to medieval muslim philosophers such as.
Pascal: what is it to 'bet' on god how can you make yourself believe clifford what religion 'says,' according to james how we can will to believe in. Does james agree with clifford 9 on william james', the will to believe 1 to wait until one has conclusive proof for god's existence before one. Philosophy of religion : an anthology pt i traditional arguments for the existence of god will to believe / william james. This thesis is a critical comparison of the accounts of religious belief proposed by william james and søren kierkegaard the existence of god both philosophers.
Philosophy and the proof of god's existence cause is necessary to explain existence this first cause is god pascal's wager if we believe in god and he. For and against reasons to believe: pascal reasons to - prima facie incompatibility of god's existence and evil's existence pascal clifford james copy. Should it prompt someone to believe in the existence of god -jl mackie presents and other arguments for the existence of god (1200 words) james, charles.