|Introduction to Philosophy||Notes||This is not a substitute for coming to class||Richard Lee|
|Philosophy 2003 C 001||Copyright © 1999, Richard Lee||Spring 1999|
Pascal presumes (for this argument) that reason cannot determine whether God exists, so reason alone cannot determine whether to believe in God.
|God exists||God doesnít exist|
|Believe in God||Infinite payoff |
loss at most|
(Pascal: finite gain)
|Donít believe||Negative infinite?||finite gain at most|
So, it is smart to bet that God exists.
This doesnít prove that God exists. But it does (if sound) prove that it is a good idea to believe that God exists.