Wagering on an Ironic God: Pascal on Faith and Philosophy

2017.05.26 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Thomas S. Hibbs, Wagering on an Ironic God: Pascal on Faith and Philosophy, Baylor University Press, 2017, 204pp., $44.95 (hbk),
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2017.05.26 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Thomas S. Hibbs, Wagering on an Ironic God: Pascal on Faith and Philosophy, Baylor University Press, 2017, 204pp., $44.95 (hbk), ISBN 9781481306386. Reviewed by Graeme Hunter, University of Ottawa(Emeritus)/Dominican University College This unusual book is not a typical monograph on Pascal. It is a collection of five related essays. The first, "Irony, Philosophy and the Christian Faith," sketches the argument the author intends to develop. The second and third, on Montaigne and Descartes respectively, provide sketches of the late Renaissance and early modern figures with whom Hibbs plans to compare and contrast Pascal. The fourth chapter, called "The Quest for Wisdom", develops Pascal's uniquely "ironic" approach to philosophical inquiry. The final chapter, from which the book derives its title, is a study of Pascal's famous "Wager Argument." Hibbs takes for granted -- what no one contests -- that Pascal. . .

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