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Philosophy: Hare vs Camus Introduction Camus has titled his novel “Nothing Matters”. While this is an interesting title, it can be misleading for some readers who do not understand the real essence, meaning, or significance of the title. Hare has discussed how his Swiss friend drew negative inferences from this title thus changing his behavior for the worse.
Even the non-living things have their own concerns and things matter for them as will be discussed in the paper. This thesis will be argued for by discussing nature, motivations, and actions of both the living beings and the non-living beings in this world. Explication Hare argues that when Camus says “Nothing Matters”, there can be three entities to which nothing matters; Camus, the main character of his novel, or the reader. Now saying that nothing matters to Camus is absurd because if nothing mattered to him, he would not have written such an interesting, highly influential, and engaging novel. As for the main character of the novel written by Camus, it is also inappropriate to thing that nothing mattered to him because for one, that was an imaginary character without his own aspirations, desires, or motives and only acted as Camus wanted him to and secondly, the activities he does in the novel cannot be done without having any concern. Thus, the reader draws wrong inferences from the novel by thinking that nothing matters. Matter is not an activity like “chatter” because if it was to be taken in this sense, then “Nothing Matters” seems right. ...
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