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Chapter 14

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CHAPTER 14: Joel Feinberg – Absurd self­fulfillment  ­ Feinberg offers a close examination of absurdity and self­fulfillment – states life  may contain some degree of each.  ­ Discusses how taylor, camus and nagel each portray that there is absurdity in the  human condition  ­ The human condition is absurd according to taylor because achievments do not  last forcing a discrepancy between effort and outcome  ­ Camus believes it created out of the disharmony between our needs and the  worlds indifference  ­ Taylor and camus both conclude that the human condition is pointless and  meaningless  ­ Eg: supermarket regress­ “why are all those people standing in line?” to purchase  food, why do they purchase food? To stay alive. Why do they stat alive? So they  can work,. Why do they work? To earn money? Why do they earn money? To  purchase food.”  ­ This model is an example of absurdity, uncovering a pointless existence  ­ It presupposes that no human activity is ever valuable in its self by always  postponing the value as a future consequence which never arrives – always  pushed into the future  ­ Feinberg’s concept of self­fulfillment can be best understood in the sense of doing  what one is genetically predisposed to do  ­ This includes an individuals generic nature – the nature that makes individuals  classifiable as the kind of being they are.  ­ As well as the the individuals individual nature – what distinguishes them from  other individuals  ­ Eg: my generic nature would include my disposition to walk upright on tw
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