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Moravian College
Philosophy Conference

9th Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

April 7, 2018

Moravian College 9th Annual Philosophy Conference Flyer

Plenary Speaker: Is Pascal's Wager a Safe Bet?

Photo of Dr. Jeffrey Jordon

Jeffrey Jordan

Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, University of Delaware.

Dr. Jordan is the author or editor of six books and numerous articles in the Philosophy of religion.

  • Pascal’s Wager: Pragmatic Arguments and Belief in God, (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2006). (Author).
  • Philosophy of Religion: the key thinkers. (Continuum Press, 2010). (Editor).
  • Portuguese Translation: Filosofia da Religião (São Paulo, Brasil: Paulinas, 2015).
  • Philosophies of Life: a supplement, (Kendal/Hunt Publishers, 2005). (Editor).
  • Faith, Freedom and Rationality: Essays in the Philosophy of Religion. (Rowman & Littlefield, 1996). (Editor, with Daniel Howard-Snyder).
  • Gambling on God: Essays on Pascal's Wager (Rowman & Littlefield, 1994). (Editor).

Click here to see Dr. Jeffrey Jordan's complete CV.

Photo of Jeffrey Jordon's Pascal’s Wager: Pragmatic Arguments and Belief in God

Is it reasonable to believe in God even in the absence of strong evidence that God exists? Pragmatic arguments for theism are designed to support belief even if one lacks evidence that theism is more likely than not. Jeff Jordan proposes that there is a sound version of the most well-known argument of this kind, Pascal's Wager, and explores the issues involved - in epistemology, the ethics of belief, decision theory, and theology.

Dr. Jordan will discuss what the wager is, as well as the most common objections to the wager - the "many gods" objection (couldn't a wager be constructed for various different deities?), the evidentialist objection (one should accept only what is best supported by the evidence), and the cupidity objection (supporting a religious commitment on the basis of a prudential calculation is wicked).  He argues that while some versions of the wager fall prey to these objections, there is a version of the wager that escapes them.

Call For Papers

Moravian College is proud to present their 9th annual undergraduate philosophy conference. We invite undergraduate students to submit papers on general philosophical topics to be presented at the conference scheduled for Saturday, April 7, 2018 and hosted at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA.

Plenary Speaker:  Dr. Jeffrey Jordon, University of Delaware

Title: Is Pascal's Wager a Safe Bet?

Submission Guidelines:

Please send submissions as attachments in .doc format. Submissions may be on any philosophical topic and may be the entire paper or 250-word abstract. Please include a cover page with the following information:

  1. author’s name

  2. title of paper

  3. institutional affiliation

  4. contact information (email, phone number, mailing address)

Please send all submissions and questions to

Deadline for Submissions: March 1, 2018

Program Coordinators: Hannah Matthews, 2018 and Cody Yarnell, 2020