Mortal Questions by Thomas Nagel.

The Absurd.

This chapter is a fasinating look at the absurd condition and how absurdity arises out of our perception and realisation of the absurdity of our lives compared to our natural, intended purpose. Once we have found a sense of our true condition we can approach our lives with a kind of ironic enlightenment.

If.. ..there is no reason to believe that anything matters, then that does not matter either, and we can approach our absurd lives with irony instead of heroism or despair. (pg 23)

on suicide..

Our absurdity warrants neither that much distress nor that much defiance. At the risk of falling into romanticism by a different route, I would argue that absurdity is one of the most human things about us: a manifestation of our most advanced and interesting characteristics. Like skepticism in epistemology, it is possible only because we possess a certain kind of insight – -the capacity to transcend ourselves in thought (pg 22-23)

more to follow..


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