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How did Camus define his Absurd Reasoning?

Absurd Reasoning Reflection on suicide gives me an opportunity to raise the only problem to interest me: is there a logic to the point of death? I cannot know unless I pursue, without reckless ...
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Are some narratives worse than death?

Are some narratives worse than death? I'm not talking about psychological or physical suffering, but narratives (what actually happens, as we understand that, as humans) that are worse than it just ...
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In 'quantum immortality', what is "survival" meant to entail?

I'm aware that it's meant to be a reductio, but have read - I think - someone saying that quantum immortality (QI) is not much of a panacea just because we will often be horrifically disabled by the ...
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What are the sources of popular Camus quotes?

I'm tracking down sources of Albert Camus quotes (because Goodreads can suck it). Who can add to this list? I'm not allowed to comment on this site. "There is but one truly serious philosophical ...
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Counter arguments to benatar's assymatry argument's defence by Elias Muusavi

Elias Muusavi published a defence of benatar's assymatry https://shorturl.at/juvAF (if you wish to read it) in it they said that the absence of pleasure is "not worse than the presence of ...
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'I want to be with you in heaven'

If you knew that suicide is not immoral, would it be virtuous to kill yourself - not because you were in pain and needed to escape - but merely due to a wish to end yourself before you fell into vice? ...
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Kant and "the causes of living"

Once upon a time, I was thinking about the argument for the justification of mass civilian killing that is read off a sense of collective responsibility in "evil nations," and wondered: If ...
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was Camus right in saying 'There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide.'?

I think he was saying 'What makes life worth living?'. I do think that's important, but aren't other questions 'serious' too? For me my topics I care about are meta/norm ethics, theology, metaphysics. ...
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Why I cannot consent to be killed?

My friend and I had an argument about the subject. He argued that in some circumstances it should be legal to consent to be killed (e.g. if the dominant kills the submissive during the BDSM session ...
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Is there a universal, timeless and deeply compelling reason to pursue anything?

Don Jack has a job, a few friends, often goes to the gym and has ambitious dreams of participating in life. Often he finds himself questioning whether he continues to pursue these things. The chain of ...
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Does a suicide understand what he is doing? [closed]

In the answer to the question on what religion is, I wrote We, each of us individually, feel a sense of self worth, a sense that something of great value will be lost if we cease to be. This led to ...
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Is failure to avoid certain death tantamount to suicide?

Looking for philosophical and/or religious perspectives (if allowed): Let's say you have a machine that predicted, with absolute certainty, that I would be killed in a car accident if I drove my own ...
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Is it ok, according to Camus, to try to get someone else to commit suicide?

When is it virtuous to predicate your happiness on another person's suicide? What would Camus say about deliberately getting another person to kill themselves? Supposing that, rightly or wrongly, you ...
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The apparent and partial "sui-deicide" of the Christian god

For this topic and question, I've tried finding and learning from other sources online (for reasons of unintentional duplication here but more-so the intentional avoidance of posting something ...
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Camus: why suicide

Why is "suicide" the fundamental problem of philosophy, for Camus? Surely the fundamental problem of philosophy is more traditionally how to live, not how to die. Even if we allow the ...
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What are some philosophical works that explore constructing meaning in life from an agnostic or atheist view?

I've been deeply suicidal for years, but it's gotten worse recently. I grew up Mormon, and last year I realized I couldn't believe in it anymore. I just couldn't; it would take too long to explain. I ...
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How should your treat your future self, ethically? [closed]

There are many situations in life where you preemptively decide on some course of action, but when you have to actually take that action you don't. A particular such situation is euthanasia - you ...
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Unbearable suffering exists. Therefore, is it worth to live? [closed]

The human being does not have full control over their life. In extreme cases, life can turn into pure happiness or unbearable suffering. Moreover, humans can end up in a situation, where escape from ...
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Kant, suicide, and the unalienable right to life

Recently, after taking an introductory course in Kantian ethics — I am now familiar with the concepts of free will, duty-conception, the categorical imperative —, I was writing an essay on his ...
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If suicide is the very serious philosophical problem, why doesn't "philosophy of suicide" have its own branch? [closed]

I don't mean Suicidology because that's science, not philosophy. I don't mean Ethics or Moral Philosophy because that's not 100% suicide. If suicide is veritably serious, why isn't it a separate ...
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Stoic way of dealing with insults and humiliation

Are there any stoic writings lecturing on dealing with insults, humiliations and even extreme physical humiliations that might drive one to commit suicide?
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Can voluntary radical change of core beliefs be considered as a suicide from perspective of psychological continuity?

I understand psychological continuity as view that only preservation of psyche is important in determining if somebody survived or not. Like if my body, including the brain, is gradually replaced by ...
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Did any philosophers in the middle ages and before tackle depression or suicide?

Extremely weird question, I know, But were any philosophers in the middle ages and before tackle topics such as depression and suicide? I mean we see them tackle happiness and living happily, but were ...
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How do I free myself from being enslaved by the randomness of reality without committing suicide? [closed]

I want to state two points first: I do not find suicide as a possible solution for me. The last thing I would do is to kill myself, because I want to live forever. This is a philosophical question, “...
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Why are euthanasia and suicide considered inhumane?

With animals, when they are in considerable pain or suffering from a terminal condition, it's typically considered humane to euthanize them as a way to minimize suffering. However, with humans, the ...
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Does extreme nihilism endorse suicidal behavior?

Nihilism lacks any belief in moral values. Then, if taken to its extreme form, does nihilism prescribe to a belief in no purpose for existence at all? If nihilism has no objective value system, does ...
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Aristotle on Voluntary Euthanasia/Assisted Suicide

Aristotle greatly emphasizes the influence of the master, or he who possesses the greatest amount of practical wisdom. It is this master that we should turn to in order to determine the most virtuous ...
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Can Suicide be Rational?

The concept of rational suicide occasionally occurs in the context of ethical questions, such as whether or not there are any circumstances in which physician-assisted suicide would be morally ...
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