Lecture_schemata_3

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Unformatted text preview: g me prepare. When you compete in an athletic competition, your life is related to the other competitors, the judges, the spectators, etc.; here, an external perspective might be the point of view of one of the other competitors, judges, or spectators, on your performance. Now notice: a person's life might relate to immanent things in such a way that the worth it has from the internal perspective differs or clashes with the worth it has from an external perspective. From my point of view, my cooking might be really good, have a lot of worth; but from your point of view, it might be awful, have no worth at all. From your point of view, your performance in a competition might be highly valuable, just great; but from the point of view of a spectator or judge, say, your performance might be really bad, of very little worth. Nagel points out that, ordinarily, to call someone's action or situation (ways a way in which that person's life relates to immanent things) absurd (i.e., lacking in worth, meaningless) is to call attention to the fact that there is a clash between the worth that action or situation has from the internal perspective and the worth it has from some external perspective. As he puts the point: 5 In ordinary life a...
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