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Rebelling at the Absurd – Albert Camus


Below are notes on Albert Camus — In my opinion, one of the most interesting philosophers of all time.

The Myth of Sisyphus

The Myth of Sisyphus is a philosophical theory, a vision of “the absurd.” Sisyphus is an example of all of us, life spent in futile quests. The absurd is born, Camus says, of our increasingly impersonal, abstract, scientific view of the world. Ultimately, only personal experience is meaningful.

I. In The Myth of Sisyphus, Camus gives us a philosophical theory, or rather, perhaps, a vision, to accompany the odd and disturbing view of the world of The Stranger.

II. The “absurd” is this vision, this sensibility that has come to preoccupy the modern mind.

III. In The Stranger, Camus suggests that death makes life absurd.

IV. One of Camus’s targets in the Myth is the contemporary glorification of science and “objectivity.”

V. Reason is characterized by the question “why?”

VI. Camus presents reason as a problem.

VII. In what sense is Meursault [The Stranger] an absurd hero?

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