Review of Nicholas Rescher, Pascal's Wager: A Study of Practical Reasoning in Philosophical Theology

West, Cornel

The immeasurable impact of Pascal is rarely appreciated or understood by contemporary thinkers. On the one hand, Pascal is lauded by literary critics for his writing style while his philosophical contributions are overlooked. On the other hand, Pascal is trivialized by analytic philosophers who view his wager argument as but a poor instance of decision theory. Nicholas Reseller's book is distinctive in that it takes Pascal seriously as a philosopher in light of past and present theological modes of argumentation. As a distinguished historian of pragmatic philosophy, Rescher understands Pascal to be the great innovator of the major philosophical trends of our day: the theological use of practical reason, the diversity of modes of rationality, and the focus on praxis in contemporary hermeneutics.


  • thumnail for Review_of_Nicholas_Rescher__Pascal_s_Wager.pdf Review_of_Nicholas_Rescher__Pascal_s_Wager.pdf application/pdf 31.3 KB Download File

Also Published In

Theology Today

More About This Work

Academic Units
Union Theological Seminary
Published Here
March 6, 2013