Albert Camus And Albert Nagel's Unethical Essay: The Meaning Of Life

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Meaning of Life
What is life? What is the meaning of our existence? These existential questions were asked by almost every individual alive at some point in their life. Over the years many philosophers have come up with individual explanations to why they believe life can be unreasonable, futile, the will of god, or just simply meaningless. Philosophers such as Albert Camus and Thomas Nagel believe in the ideology that life is absurd. In his publication “The Absurd” Nagel, questioned why sometimes people feel that life is absurd and how should we respond once we are aware of life’s absurdity. Throughout this essay we will discuss what Nagel believes is the best way to answer these questions. To begins his argument, Nagel explains how sometimes people believe that ‘what we do now will not matter in a million years’ which he states is a poor argument because he believes that if our present actions are absurd then their mattering in the distant future can hardly give them meaning. Because if something is to matter in the future it should must be important enough for it to matter now. In the next argument Nagel mentions how people think that our lives are absurd because our lives are all but a tiny spec in the vastness of the universe or the smallness of our lives in time. He states that “none of these evident facts can be what makes life absurd” (Nagel, 717) because even if we were large enough to fill the universe or immortal, it would not change the fact that our lives might

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