Becoming Neo-Pascalian: From Gambling Table to Altar

Coin-Toss

One of the concepts Pascal is best known for is his Wager, a longer fragment in Pensées (f. 418). Here Pascal brings his formidable mathematical mind, operating halfway between the gambling table and the altar, to the issue of faith, and plays with probability theory in the soul. It is such a rich and complex [Read More...]

Becoming Neo-Pascalian: An Indiana Jones Kind of Faith?

reason-vs-faith

Earlier we took a quick look at a scientific experiment conducted by Pascal in 1646, and we considered the ways that that experiment led him to two general “laws” of knowledge. If we want to know what is truly true, we will not rely only on what we’ve been told, and we will not rely [Read More...]


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