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Citation Information for “Blaise Pascal, ‘Pascal's Wager’”

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“The wager is not easy to understand. Logicians have dismissed it. They have been mistaken. Pascal's pages contain three distinct arguments. Each is valid. Each has the form of a decision-theoretic argument of a sort properly classified and characterized only in this century. Although Pascal did not state his underlying principles, it seems clear that he did know what he was doing. The reasoning was novel, but the popularity of the Pensées made it a familiar fact that games of cahnce could serve as models for other problems about form of decision under uncertainy.” Jan Haeking and Ian Hacking, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1975), 63.

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