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Pascal’s Wager Meets the Toxin Puzzle: I Kinda Believe, Help my Kinda Unbelief (Keith)

posted by kderose

I failed to bring my series of posts on the pragmatics of hell to any kind of a decent conclusion.  I was knocked out of commission for a while by a bad case of stomach flu: It was as if […]

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Really Believing in Hell (Keith)

posted by kderose

But I was reminded of the incident later when I received a letter from an American woman in her forties who had been brought up Roman Catholic. At the age of seven, she told me, two unpleasant things happened to […]

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A Toxin Puzzle about Belief (Keith)

posted by kderose

My title is a mash-up of the titles of two well-known philosophy papers: Gregory Kavka’s “The Toxin Puzzle,” which I discussed earlier today here, and Saul Kripke’s “A Puzzle about Belief.” But my topic is all Kavka: extending Kavka’s Toxin […]

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The Toxin Puzzle (Keith)

posted by kderose

You are feeling extremely lucky. You have just been approached by an eccentric billionaire who has offered you the following deal. He places before you a vial of toxin that, if you drink it, will make you painfully ill for […]

Marilyn McCord Adams on the Pragmatics of Hell (Keith)

posted by kderose

I’m hoping to get more substantial posts on the pragmatics of hell up soon, but for now, a–somewhat dated, and quite brief–report, based on her pastoral experience, from Marilyn McCord Adams (author of Horrendous Evils and the Goodness of God […]

No Pragmatic Downside? (Keith)

posted by kderose

This post will be a quick explanation of what originally got me thinking about the pragmatics of belief in traditional doctrines of hell and also of why I think it’s valuable to discuss the issue.

The Pragmatics of Belief in Hell (Keith DeRose)

posted by kderose

I’m Keith DeRose. I’m a philosopher who blogs a bit on the side. Rather than giving any more introduction to myself here, I’ll just send those who are interested in reading about me to my web page, where I have […]

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