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Unformatted text preview: make the crucial difference only if its mattering in a million years depended on its mattering, period. 2 But then to deny that whatever happens now will matter in a millions years is to beg the question against its mattering, period." (143) In other words, P1 of this argument already assumes, inappropriately, the very thing that it is being used to prove, viz. that there is no immanent meaning of life. (The immanent realm is inevitably such that nothing within it- - including the consequences of life- - lasts forever; to require that an immanent meaning of life involve life's having everlasting immanent consequences is to require the impossible of an immanent meaning of life, and hence in effect inappropriately to assume from the outset that there can't really be an immanent meaning of life.) This means that the argument "begs the question," i.e., has a premise that inappropriately assumes the very conclusion it's trying to prove. 2. The Size Argument. "What we say 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…". (144) Applied to spatial considerations (size), the argument here would go as follows: P1 If there...
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