The Absurdity of Life in Nagel’s “The Absurd”


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The Absurdity of Life in Nagel’s “The Absurd”
The Absurdity of Life
The Central Conclusion and Supporting Evidence
Nagel’s article on “The Absurd” would have us believe that all life is absurd for one reason or another. But the central point of his argument is in fact that life is absurd, yes; but it is so because of the conflict that rages between our need as humans to have some significance in our life and the rationale that we give ourselves for the things that we do which causes us doubt. That conflict is internal, within ourselves and perpetuated by us endlessly throughout life.
To come to that conclusion Nagel first explains how we define absurd to ourselves – namely that “In ordinary life a situation is...
The end:
..... of life are all valid and from a philosophical perspective make sense. But they don’t tell the whole story. Nagel hasn’t considered the impact that actions have on other people, especially in his third argument when considering service to others. Philosophically service might not make any sense when we consider our own lives, but a crucial essence of being human is being able to see the plight of others and to lend a hand, or even a life if needed. Without these qualities we would be the mouse – and we are not mice, we are who we are – uniquely human.
Works Cited
Life is Beautiful. Dir. Robert
Group Tiger
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Nagel, Thomas. “The Absurd.” The Journal of Philosophy 63.20 (1971): 143-152. Print.