Thomas Nagel

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Unformatted text preview: Connor Scribner Thomas Nagel Thomas Nagel explains that to convey the absurdity of our lives often has to do with space or time: we are tiny specks in the infinite vastness of the universe; our lives are mere instants even on a geological time scale, let alone a cosmic one; we will all be dead any minute (Nagel, 768-769). Nagel then defines absurd as a situation that includes a conspicuous discrepancy between pretension or aspiration and reality (Nagel, 769). Translated, Nagel says that absurd is a situation in which life seems irrational and meaningless. Throughout his entire argument, Nagel hardly leaves room for a rebuttal to yield the answer to the true meaning of our lives. He suggests that we as humans have a special capacity to take a step backwards and observe the lives that we are committed to and call them into question. But, as he pointed out; while taking that backwards step we realize that the life that we are so committed to, ultimately represent absolutely...
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This note was uploaded on 03/05/2010 for the course PHIL 2300 taught by Professor Scala during the Spring '08 term at Texas Tech.

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