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In The Myth of Sisyphus Camus elucidates this concept of the absurd. living) there are probably but two methods of thought: the method of La Palisse and the. Moreover, Camus’ claim that the feeling of the absurd cannot be In the Myth of Sisyphus Camus used the term “feeling” in a sense that appears to be .. 89–98, 7; Pölzler 99; Sagi 46, ; van der Poel 19). Carroll, D. (), Rethinking the Absurd: Le Mythe de Sisyphe. philosophical essay by Albert Camus. The Myth of Sisyphus (Q). philosophical essay by Albert Camus. edit Le Mythe de Sisyphe (French).

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His views contributed to the rise of the philosophy known as absurdism. He wrote in his essay The Rebel that his whole life was devoted to opposing the philosophy of nihilism while still delving deeply into individual freedom. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature at the age of 44 inthe second youngest recipient in history. Camus did not consider himself to be an existentialist despite usually being classified as a follower of it, even in his lifetime. Sartre and I are always surprised to see our names linked.

Camus was born in French Algeria to a Pied-Noir family and studied at the University of Algiersfrom which he graduated in Lucien died from his wounds in a makeshift army hospital on 11 October. After contracting tuberculosis inhe had to end his football activities: In addition, he was only able to study part-time. To earn money, he took odd jobs: Camus joined eisyphus French Communist Party in earlyseeing it as a way to “fight inequalities between Europeans and ‘natives’ in Algeria. Camus then became associated with the French anarchist movement.

Camus stood with the anarchists when they expressed support for the uprising of in East Germany. He told Le Monde in”I would agree albrrt Benjamin Constantwho thought a lack of religion was vulgar and even hackneyed.

It lasted until His work included a report on the poor conditions for peasants in Kabyliewhich apparently cost him his job. From tohe briefly wrote for a similar paper, Soir-Republicain. He was rejected by the French army because of his tuberculosis. InCamus married Francine Faurea pianist and camud. Although he loved her, he had argued passionately against the institution of marriage, dismissing it as unnatural.

Even mytye Francine gave birth to twins, Catherine and Jean, on 5 Septemberhe continued to joke to friends that he was not cut out for marriage. He moved to Bordeaux with the rest of the staff of Paris-Soir. He returned briefly to OranAlgeria, in Camus was once asked by his friend Charles Poncet which myythe preferred, football or the theatre.

Camus is said to have replied, “Football, without hesitation. Any football ambitions disappeared when he contracted tuberculosis at the age of The affliction, which was then incurable, caused Camus to be bedridden for long and painful periods.

When Camus was asked in the s by an alumnus sports magazine for a few words regarding his time with the RUA, his response included the following: Camus’s belief was that political and religious authorities try to confuse us with over-complicated moral systems to make things appear more complex than they really are, potentially to serve their own needs.

A professional footballer appears as a character in The Plague and football is discussed in the dialogue. Camus died on 4 January at the age of 46, in a car accident near Sensin Le Grand Fossard in the small town of Villeblevin. In his coat pocket was an unused train ticket. He had planned to travel by train with his wife sisyphuss children, but at the last minute he accepted his publisher’s proposal to travel with him.


He was the second-youngest recipient, at the age of 44, of the Nobel Prize in Literature, after Rudyard Kiplingat the age of He was survived by his wife and twin son and daughter, Jean and Catherine, who hold the copyrights to his work.

Kythe of Camus’ works were published posthumously. There is scholarly debate as to the relationship between the two books. The second was an unfinished novel, The First Manwhich Camus was writing before he died. The novel was an autobiographical work about his childhood in Algeria.

This concerned a revolt by Spanish miners brutally suppressed by the Spanish government. During the war Camus joined the French Resistance cell Combatwhich published an underground newspaper of the same name.

This group worked against the Nazis, and in it Camus assumed the nom de guerre Beauchard. Camus became the paper’s editor in When the Allies liberated Paris in AugustCamus witnessed and reported the last of the fighting.

Soon after the event on 6 Augusthe was one of the few French editors to publicly express opposition and disgust to the United States’ dropping the atomic bombs on Japan. He resigned from Combat in when it became a commercial paper. He also toured the United States to lecture about French thought. Although he leaned leftpolitically, his strong criticisms of Communist doctrine did not win him any friends in the Communist parties and eventually alienated Sartre.

Inhis tuberculosis returned, whereupon he lived in seclusion for mtthe years.

Albert Camus – Wikipedia

Inhe published The Rebela philosophical analysis of rebellion and revolution which expressed his rejection of communism. Upsetting many of his colleagues and contemporaries in France, the book brought about the final split with Sartre.

The dour reception depressed Camus; he began to translate plays. Camus’s first significant contribution to philosophy was his idea of the absurd. He saw it as the result of our desire for clarity and meaning ke a world and condition that offers neither, which he expressed in The Myth of Sisyphus and incorporated into many of his other works, such as The Stranger and The Plague. Despite his split from his “study partner”, Sartre, Camus was still categorized as an Existentialist.

He specifically rejected that label in his essay “Enigma” and elsewhere.

Resistance, Rebellion, and Death. But, his personal understanding of the world e. In the s, Camus devoted his efforts to human rights. Inhe criticized Soviet methods to crush a workers’ strike in East Berlin. Camus maintained his pacifism and resisted capital punishment anywhere in the world. He wrote an essay against capital punishment in collaboration with Arthur Koestlerthe writer, intellectual and founder of the League Against Capital Punishment.

He was consistent in his call for non-aggression in Algeria see ls. From toCamus wrote for L’Express. Inhe was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature “for his important literary production, which with clear-sighted earnestness illuminates the problems of the human conscience in our times”. Camus remained active and ambitious until the end of his life. Financed by the money he received with his Nobel Prize, he adapted and directed for the stage Dostoyesvsky’s Demons.

The play opened in January at the Antoine Theatre xisyphus Paris.

It was a critical success as well as an artistic and technical tour de force: Camus put the painter and set decorator Mayowho had already illustrated several of Camus’ novels The Strangereditionin charge of the demanding task of designing these multiple and complex theater sets.

Camus once confided that the troubles in Algeria “affected him as others feel pain in their lungs. In the s, Camus was affiliated with Left-wing groups like the Labert de Culture in Algiers which were highly critical of the French colonial regime’s treatment of Algeria’s Arab and czmus inhabitants, supporting the Blum-Viollette proposal to grant Algerians full French citizenship. His address on “The New Mediterranean Culture” represents Camus’ most systematic statement on his sisyphjs at this time.


InCamus wrote a stinging series of articles for Alger Republicain on the atrocious living conditions of the inhabitants of the Kabylie highlands, advocating for economic, educational and political reforms as a matter of emergency.

When the Algerian War began inCamus was confronted with a moral dilemma. He identified with the Pieds-Noirs such as his own parents and defended the French government’s actions against the revolt. He argued that the Algerian uprising was an integral part of the ‘new Arab imperialism ‘ led by Egypt and an ‘anti-Western’ offensive orchestrated by Russia to ‘encircle Europe’ and ‘isolate the United States’.

During the war he advocated a civil truce that would spare the civilians, which was rejected by both sides, who regarded it as foolish.

Behind the scenes, he began to work for imprisoned Algerians who faced the death penalty. When he spoke to students at the University of Stockholmhe defended his apparent inactivity in the Algerian question; he stated that he was worried about what might happen to his mother, who still lived in Algeria. This led to further ostracism by French left-wing intellectuals.

At the time of his death, Camus was working on an incomplete novel with a strong biographical component titled The First Man.

The Myth of Sisyphus

The publication of this book in has sparked a widespread reconsideration of Camus’ allegedly unrepentant colonialism in the work of figures such as David Carroll in the English-speaking world.

As one of the forefathers of existentialism, Camus focused most of his philosophy around existential questions.

The absurdity of life and its inevitable ending death is highlighted in the very famous camhs of the novel The Stranger Or maybe yesterday; I can’t be sure.

He believed that the absurd — life being void of meaning, or man’s inability to know that meaning if it were to exist — was something that man alvert embrace. He argued that this crisis of self could cause a man to commit “philosophical suicide”; choosing to believe in external sources that give life false meaning.

Camuus argued that religion was the main culprit. If a man chose to believe in religion — that the meaning vsn life was to ascend to heaven, or some similar afterlife, that he committed philosophical suicide by trying to escape the absurd. Many writers have addressed the Absurd, each vann his or her own interpretation of what the Absurd is and what comprises its importance.

For example, Sartre recognizes the absurdity of individual experience, while Kierkegaard explains that the absurdity of certain religious truths prevents us from reaching God rationally.

Camus regretted the continued reference to himself as a “philosopher of the absurd”. To distinguish his ideas, scholars sometimes refer to the Paradox of the Absurd, when referring to “Camus’ Absurd”. His early mtthe appeared in his first collection of essays, L’Envers et l’endroit Betwixt and Between in Absurd themes were expressed with more sophistication in his second collection of essays, Noces Nuptialsin In these essays Camus reflects on the experience of the Absurd.

He also wrote a play about Caligulaa Roman Emperor, pursuing an absurd logic. The play was not performed until


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