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God and the Girl


Gaultier, Benoit (2021). God and the Girl. Philosophia, Philosophical Quarterly of Israel, 49(3):999-1005.

Abstract

Imagine you are an agnostic who wants to maximise your chances of getting the right answer to the question whether God exists. I show that theism and atheism are not on an epistemic par with one another because, under certain possible epistemically neutral conditions, the rational thing for you to do from a purely epistemic point of view would be to bet on the atheist’s judgement that God doesn’t exist rather than on the theist’s judgement that God does exist.

Abstract

Imagine you are an agnostic who wants to maximise your chances of getting the right answer to the question whether God exists. I show that theism and atheism are not on an epistemic par with one another because, under certain possible epistemically neutral conditions, the rational thing for you to do from a purely epistemic point of view would be to bet on the atheist’s judgement that God doesn’t exist rather than on the theist’s judgement that God does exist.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
Language:English
Date:1 July 2021
Deposited On:24 Nov 2020 15:45
Last Modified:27 Jan 2022 03:16
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0048-3893
OA Status:Hybrid
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s11406-020-00295-2
Official URL:https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11406-020-00295-2
  • Content: Accepted Version
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  • Licence: Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)