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Rétorická účinnost Pascalovy sázky

Title in English Rhetorical effectiveness of Pascal's wager


Year of publication 2015
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description Pascal's wager is name of an argument in favor of belief in God presented by Blaise Pascal in §233 of his Pensées. Ian Hacking (1972) pointed out that Pascal's text involves three different versions of the argument. This lecture proceeds from this identification, Pascal's wager is considered as complex strategy of gradual submitting three arguments that are formulated with respect to an intended audience and its anticipated objections. The lecture offers pragma-dialectical reconstruction of Pascal's arguments, identification of his conception of audience and analysis of rhetorical effects of his argument strategy.
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