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Disambiguation: Theatre of the Absurd The Theatre of the Absurd is a phrase used in reference to particular plays written by a number of primarily European playwrights in the late 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, as well as to the style of theatre which has evolved from their work. ...


In Philosophy, The Absurd refers to humans who continue to live their lives, despite knowledge that their lives are utterly pointless. Philosophy (from a combination of the Greek words philos meaning love and sophia meaning wisdom), as a practice, aims at some kind of understanding, knowledge or wisdom about fundamental matters such as reality, knowledge, meaning, value, being and truth. ...


It is related to existentialism, and it is in part a hyponym of nihilist. Existentialism is a unilateral philosophical movement that views the individual, the self, the individuals experience, and the uniqueness therein as the only reality. ... Nihilism - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins/monobook/IE50Fixes. ...

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Why is life pointless?

The most common definition of "point" is that to have point, something (an object, or simply living one's life) must have a higher purpose to justify it. However, for that higher purpose to have "point", then it too must have an even higher purpose. These "chains of justification" never come to an end, therefore nothing can be considered to have ultimate purpose. If they did come to an end, they might still not satisfy us. For example, for a cow to know that its higher purpose was to be eaten would probably not satisfy it. Purpose is deliberately thought-through goal-directedness. ...


Solutions

  • Suicide is a solution to some because it seems a rational reaction to the absurdity of life; but most people try to find an alternative solution. For Albert Camus suicide is not a worthwhile solution, because if life is truly absurd, then the only way to engage it is to keep the internal reaction to the absurd going. Thus if the conscience is not alive, this interaction between mind and absurdity cannot exist. See The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays and The Rebel.
  • God or religion provides a point to life for some people. However, the above argument can be applied again: what is the purpose of God?
  • One solution is simply to reject the definition; to instead define "the point of life is to live." This is not a solution to the above problem, but instead a different problem.
  • Many people accept that life is pointless but do not consider this a problem. As above, even if ultimate purpose did exist, it might not satisfy us. Instead they create meaning in their own lives, which is not ultimate meaning but provides something to do. They may also ignore the problem.

Suicide (from Latin sui caedere, to kill oneself) is the act of intentionally ending ones own life. ... Albert Camus Albert Camus ( November 7, 1913 – January 4, 1960) was a French author and philosopher and one of the principal luminaries (with Jean-Paul Sartre) of existentialism. ... In the book-size essay Camus treats both the metaphysical and the historical development of the revolution in modern society. ... The term God is ordinarily used to designate a singular, universal Supreme Being. ... Meaning, studied in philosophy and linguistics, as well as being central to the fields of literary theory and critical theory, the philosophical field of epistemology, and some branches of psychoanalysis, is a difficult concept to pin down. ...

See Also

  • The Absurd Hero (http://www.levity.com/corduroy/camusabs.htm) by Bob Lane, 1996.

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Patents Are An Economic Absurdity (7469 words)
Public research, contrarily to patents, is not an economic absurdity.
Moreover, even without specific government funding of research, on a reserved budget, it may be argued that, in as much as public institutions exist, they have their own technological needs, and research is thus a legitimate way among other things to spend their resources so as to optimize their efficacy, within their own normal budget.
Thus, from a political point of view, public research may or may not be positive, but let us repeat that from a strictly economic point of view, it is not an absurdity at all, and is even a very good idea, under some circumstances.
THE ABSURDITY OF SAMUEL BECKETT - CHAPTER 3 (1510 words)
Absurdity does not reside in the world itself, or in a human being, but in a tension which is produced by their mutual indifference.
Absurdity consists in permanent conflict, it is a contradiction and a struggle.
These moments of consciousness open up the world of the absurdity, the world of never-ending effort to go on, the world from which it is impossible to escape, the world of estrangement, loneliness, waiting, and continual endurance.
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