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The Human Predicament: A Candid Guide to Life's Biggest Questions

David Benatar


The Human Predicament engages life’s big questions. Are our lives meaningless? Is death bad? Would immortality be better? Alternatively, should we hasten our deaths by acts of suicide? Many people are tempted to offer comforting, optimistic answers to these existential questions. The Human Predicament offers a less sanguine assessment and defends a substantial, but not unmitigated, pessimism. It is argued that while our lives can have some meaning, we are ultimately the insignificant beings that we fear we are. There is no point to human life as a whole, and individual human lives have no cosm ... More

Keywords: existentialism, meaning of life, quality of life, death, immortality, suicide

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190633813
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190633813.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Benatar, author
University of Cape Town

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