How to live?

Shand, John (2007). How to live? Philosophy, 82(2) pp. 347–348.



It is often argued that even if life is ‘absurd’ and that consequently there is no way to live it that has value and point, there is nevertheless a value and point in examining life and facing up to the truth that life is absurd and then live honestly in the light of that truth. This however is inconsistent. It may indeed be argued that, if life is valueless and pointless, then the unexamined life that by whatever means makes life as palatable as possible is no better or worse than anything other. Yet we balk at accepting such an inauthentic way of living.

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