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Title: Analyzing Pascal’s Wager through Descartes’ Deceiving Demon: Informing the Modern Vaccine-Autism Controversy
Authors: Henaen, Mina
Advisors: Halvorson, Hans
Department: Philosophy
Certificate Program: Global Health and Health Policy Program
Class Year: 2018
Abstract: The first section of this paper will analyze Blaise Pascal’s wager through the lens of René Descartes’ deceiving demon. The second section of the paper will discuss the MMR vaccine controversy and the lingering doubts that persisted despite strong scientific counterevidence. The third and final section of the paper will apply some of the philosophical insights drawn from the first to the controversy discussed in the second.
Type of Material: Princeton University Senior Theses
Language: en
Appears in Collections:Philosophy, 1924-2022
Global Health and Health Policy Program, 2017-2022

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