Is that all there is?

Michael Smith

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I take issue with two suggestions of Joel Feinberg's: first that it is incoherent to suppose that human life as such is absurd and second that a particular human life may be absurd and yet saved from being tragic by being fulfilled. I also argue that human life as such may well be absurd and I consider various responses to this.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-106
Number of pages32
JournalThe Journal of Ethics
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Absurd
  • Absurdity
  • Albert Camus
  • Fulfillment
  • God
  • Godot
  • Good
  • Good for
  • Joel Feinberg
  • Justification
  • Pointless
  • Pointlessness
  • Self-fulfillment
  • Sisyphus
  • Thomas Nagel
  • Tragedy
  • Tragic
  • Value
  • Worth

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