Epictetus, Nagel and Camus.
Epictetus, Nagel and Camus: Epictetus (c. 50 CE- 130CE) was a Greek born philosopher, studied under Mosonius Rufus, of the Hellenistic period. Two works have been attributed to him, the Enchiridion or handbook and ‘The Discourses’ transcribed by his apprentice Arian.
Albert Camus (1913–1960) was born in Algeria, the French colony, into a poor family. He was a French philosopher, journalist, and novelist who fought during World War II in the French underground for courage and integrity in public life.
Thomas Nagel is New York University professor of philosophy and the author of several works in moral and political philosophy. All three as random as they seem are the subject of these paper as we look into their works their fundamental differences and similarities (Pojman and Lewis 24-26).
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Camus as much as also brings forth that eventually, a person realizes that there is no meaning in life or within it a purpose set forth, there is a higher power, a deity, allegiance to a religion or some form of abstract concept. Epictetus also comes to the resolve of a “god” who limits the choices we can take in life.
Freedom in Epictetus opinion is there in our actions following the circumstances in our life but absurdist’s’ only view absolute freedom, if there is such a concept, as acceptance of absurdity (Camus 54-55).
In conclusion, philosophy as will ever be, an attempt to look at the meaning of life and Nagel, Epictetus and Camus have done that we choose who’s view to look at or none at all.
BonJour, Laurence, and Ann Baker. Philosophical Problems: An Annotated Anthology. New York: Pearson Longman, 2005.
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