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Kriterion: Revista de Filosofia
Print version ISSN 0100-512X
SUZUKI, Márcio. A aposta na filosofia. Kriterion [online]. 2011, vol.52, n.124, pp. 307-330. ISSN 0100-512X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0100-512X2011000200004.
For Hume, philosophy is in itself neither more nor less important than other human activities. On the contrary, it can be explained from its resemblance with game and hunting. If one chooses to dedicate himself to philosophy, his decision is not the consequence of logical reasoning, but depends on practical evaluation, which has something to do with gambling. The following text tries to show that in philosophy, like in other games, the loser will be the one who plays too earnestly. The philosophical game requires good humour and some relaxation: Is this a good answer to Pascal's pari?
Keywords : human nature; instinct; passion; uneasiness; game; gambling.