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There was a philosopher who worked out that if you're ​religious and right you go to heaven, and if you're​ wrong nothing happens. But of your athiestic and wrong you go to hell, and if you're right nothing happens. What was that philosophers name?
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You're thinking of Pascal's Wager. Blaise Pascal.
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Not a philosopher but Cicero said something along that line in the Cato Maior (I think), that of the two options it's more convenient to believe in the immortality of the soul, even if you'll end up being wrong. He may have derived it from some greek philosopher, maybe stoic.
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Definitely Pascal's Wager.
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(Original post by usualsuspects)
Not a philosopher but Cicero said something along that line in the Cato Maior (I think), that of the two options it's more convenient to believe in the immortality of the soul, even if you'll end up being wrong. He may have derived it from some greek philosopher, maybe stoic.
After brushing up Pascal's Wager, it was definitely similar to Cicero's argument, and it looks like Leibniz said that "Cicero foreshadowed Pascal's Wager argument". Not surprising at all, given how the ancients often anticipated the moderns, who unfortunately get all the credit. Erit profecto inter horum laudes aliquid loci nostrae gloriae wrote Cicero .
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