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IrrevocableA Philosophy of Mortality$
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Alphonso Lingis

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226556765

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226557090.001.0001

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Cause, Choice, Chance

Cause, Choice, Chance

(p.29) Cause, Choice, Chance

Alphonso Lingis

University of Chicago Press

The major events in our lives are due to chance—our birth; a teacher who captivated us and engaged us in mathematics or nursing, music or football; the person we happened to meet and fall in love with; the job opportunity that abruptly opened; our child who was born or who was autistic or who died; the car crash that crippled us; the tumor that grew silently in our inner organs. What negative and what positive emotions recognize chance? How do we deal with the chances of survival or survival with severe neurological damage in our very premature infant? Is chance involved in all our exhilarations and joys—happiness occurring by happenstance?

Keywords:   chance in physical universe, premature infants, anxiety, exhilaration, happiness and happenstance

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