Different manners of conceptualizing the very theoretical aspect of the Absurd triggers the formation of various suggestions about the phase of confrontation of the Absurd and its aftermath. According to Nagel, the emergence of the Absurd is solely triggered by an individual’s conscious mind and Nagel relates it to epistemological skepticism. However, Nagel apparently ignores the metaphysical requirements the humans insert into the universe, a phenomenon regarded by Camus to be a necessary portion of the equation prompting the emergence of the Absurd. “As conceived by Albert Camus, the Absurd is primarily an epistemological assertion referring to an ontological requirement” (Foley 8).
On the other side, Nagel appears to ignore any discussion on the ontological requirement of humans, which is disrupted by his approach to epistemological skepticism, which complicates the extent to which men search for meaning in an unconsciously hungry way, relief from the burden of freedom and deliverance from death. “It is a petrifying dilemma to be stuck in or to have to live with” (Becker 26) and hence, opines to prevent it from entering one’s mind followed by dismissal even if it does, a fact hard but accomplishable with ironic notion. Via a downplaying mode and observance of the existence at stake, Nagel through his theoretical approach to the philosophical context of absurdism, which when compared to Camus’ approach, appears to be a ‘lite’ version of the concept, i.e. ‘absurd lite’.