Albert Camus and the Philosophy of the Absurd
This book is an attempt to read the totality of Camus s oeuvre as a voyage, in which Camus approaches the fundamental questions of human existence: What is the meaning of life? Can ultimate values be grounded without metaphysical presuppositions? Can the pain of the other penetrate the thick shield of human narcissism and self-interest? Solipsism and solidarity are among the destinations Camus reaches in the course of this journey. This book is a new reading of one of the towering humanists of the twentieth century, and sheds new light on his spiritual world."
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1bid 1n The Myth 1n this sense 1nstead absurd hero According to Camus action affirmation Albert Camus alienation analysis approach argues assumes atheism aware Axiology basic becomes Caligula Camus's thought Cartesian Christianity claim Clamence Clamence's compassion concept concrete existence consciousness constitutive contend critical rationality critique culture datum death Descartes discover Edmund Husserl elements emerges endorses estrangement eternal recurrence ethics evil existential existentialist experience explication expression faith Fall feeling formulation freedom happiness harmony Hegel Heidegger human existence Husserl ibid immanent individual justice Kant Kierkegaard lives Martin Heidegger meaning metaphysical rebellion methodical doubt Meursault moral Myth of Sisyphus nature negation Nietzsche object ontological Paneloux Pascal passion personal thinker phenomenological pity Plague question rationality reason Rebel reflects rejects relationship religion religious renounces responsibility revolt Rieux Sagi Sartre self-alienation social alienation society solidarity solipsism struggle suffering suicide Tarrou thinking transcendent truth understanding unity universe values voyage yearning
Page 17 - Man is but a reed, the most feeble thing in nature; but he is a thinking reed.
Page 11 - Let us then consider for the moment man alone, without outside assistance, armed solely with his own weapons, and deprived of divine grace and knowledge, which is his whole honor, his strength, and the foundation of his being. Let us see how much presence he has in this fine array. Let him help me to understand, by the force of his reason, on what foundations he has built these great advantages that he thinks he has over other creatures. Who has persuaded him that that admirable motion of the celestial...