PHL 201 Lecture Notes - Blaise Pascal

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Published on 18 Apr 2013
School
Ryerson University
Department
Philosophy
Course
PHL 201
PHL 201 Week 7
Monday
Inference a conclusion drawn from evidence take something you know to learn
something new
Blaise Pascal
- mathematician (set theory) and philosopher
“Pensés” – arguments for the existence of God
- arguments against the existence of God is a waste of time
- why waste of time? the God that the arguments prove, is not a God we want to
worship
- we associate God as someone/something that care about us
- therefore we don’t want to worship Holy Battery
o doesn’t care about us
- basis of worship
o prayer
o sacrifice (offerings)
- fact that we persist in believing in a God that cares, says something about us : nature
of belief
o notion : belief is predicated upon proof belief is DEPENDENT on proof; need
a reason to believe
- Pascal we almost never believe on the basis of proof, no faith on basis of proof
- Faith = trust
- Trust is belief in the absence of truth
- 17th century people start using the telescope
o Galleleo in 1630
First who turned the telescope towards the heaven
Discovered craters on the moon
Discovered Jupiter and its moons
Planets are not holes, (discovered thanks to moons rotating around
the planet)
Universe without end infinite
Infinite a finite = infinite
- If there is a God, he created a universe INFINITE
- Humans are FINITE ; if Humans disappeared, it would be as if we never had been
we are therefore insignificant
o Care?
o Don’t care?
o If there is a God, on best evidence, he created us INSIGNIFICANT he doesn’t
care
o If he doesn’t care – no point in talking to him; he isn’t listening
And yet we believe
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Inference a conclusion drawn from evidence take something you know to learn something new. Pens s arguments for the existence of god. Arguments against the existence of god is a waste of time. The god that the arguments prove, is not a god we want to worship. We associate god as someone/something that care about us therefore we don"t want to worship holy battery: doesn"t care about us. Pascal we almost never believe on the basis of proof, no faith on basis of proof. Trust is belief in the absence of truth. 17th century people start using the telescope: galleleo in 1630. First who turned the telescope towards the heaven. Planets are not holes, (discovered thanks to moons rotating around the planet) If there is a god, he created a universe infinite. And yet we believe: if we are rational, we won"t worship god.

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