Friday, 7th August 2015

by Joshua Gaskell

I’m prompted by a discussion on the Moral Maze with Galen Strawson to formulate a ‘free will or determinism’ version of Pascal’s wager:

‘Free will exists or it does not.’ But to which side shall we incline? Let us weigh the gain and the loss in wagering that free will exists. Let us estimate the two chances. If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing, because you could not have wagered otherwise. Wager then without hesitation that free will exists.