1200 Political Philosophy Notes

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Unformatted text preview: Camus believes that life is absurd, meaningless • The only important philosophical question is "why not commit suicide"? • Life is compared with the myth of Sisyphus, wherein man is condemned by the God to roll a huge stone up a mountain, watch it roll back down, and retrieve it, only to repeat to the process again endlessly There are lots of thing in life we take so seriously. As a person there is nothing consistence over time, it just about survival. If life is meaningless like the myth of Sisyphus then what is the point of living? Thomas Nagel: the absurd • Nagel reflects on the sense of absurdity that most of us feel from time to time • The sense of absurdity arises from the "collision" between the seriousness with which we take our lives and the perceptual possibility of regarding everything about which we are serious as arbitrary, or open to doubt." • Nagel thinks that Camus' response to the absurd (defiance or scorn) is inappropriate; it's "romantic and slightly self-pitying." He prefers instead to approach the absurd with acceptance, with irony instead heroism or despair....
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This note was uploaded on 02/13/2014 for the course PHIL 1200 taught by Professor Patrickmichaelwalsh during the Winter '13 term at Manitoba.

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