Friday, March 16, 2007

Certain Questions Require Illusions

[Certain] questions require illusions because they have no discernible answers.

Brendan McBride, Off the Beaten Path

Brendan is referring to at least some "meaning of life" questions, such as "what is death and where will it take me?" Many professional philosophers regard such questions as empty or meaningless since there is no sound method or procedure for answering them. That does not, however, stop us from asking them. In his article, Uncomfortable Questions, Brendan develops at length an hypothesis as to why we nevertheless seem compelled to ask such questions, despite their lack of meaning.

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