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Is Life Absurd?

  • Jonathan Westphal (a1) and Christopher Cherry (a2)


Thomas Nagel believes, with some existentialists, that life is absurd. We shall criticize his belief, as well as the anodyne he offers.



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1 ‘The Absurd’, Mortal Questions (Cambridge University Press, 1979), 1113.

2 Ibid., 13.

3 Chagall, Marc, My Life (London: Peter Owen, 1985), 171.

4 Nagel, , op. cit., 16.

6 Gordon, J. King, ‘Gilbert Ryle: the beginnings of wisdom’, copy of ms. in the Philosophy Sub-faculty Library, 14 Merton Street, Oxford, 14.

7 Nagel, , op. cit., 23.

8 Ibid., 20.

9 Ibid., 22.

10 Russell, Bertrand, ‘A Free Man's Worship’, reprinted in Klemke, E. D., The Meaning of Life (Oxford, 1981), 61.


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