Mortal Questions By Thomas Nagel

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Most people who view their lives in the objective perspective support the view that life is absurd. In his book, Mortal Questions, Thomas Nagel concentrates on this popular belief and attempts to debunk the claims for the absurdity of human existence. In this paper, I will address one of the arguments that Nagel possess against these points. In addition, I will also explain Nagel’s purpose, his beliefs on the subjective and objective points of view, and how that affects individuals when they are considering the relevancy of life. By critically evaluating his conclusions, one can see that Nagel presents a valid proposal to this controversial question, and it is a proposition that many should consider. Those who support the idea of the absurdity of life believe in the following claims: (1) nothing we do now will matter in a million years, (2) we are tiny specks in an infinite vastness of the universe, (3) human life will come to an end, and (4) life is an elaborate journey that leads to nowhere. Therefore, people believe in the absurdity of human life; the premises presented are points that people repeat in their daily life that hints as to why they may believe that life is irrelevant. Although these premises are not written in a specific form, such as modus ponens or modus tonens, these arguments are considered valid in support of life’s absurdity. I will now transition to Nagel’s points and how one of his arguments rejects one of the premises mentioned. Out of the

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