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Isn't Camus' philosophy just a violation of Occam's Razor?

The way I see it, Albert Camus' philosophy can be summarised in a dialog as follows: Q1: What is the meaning of life? A1: Life has no meaning. It is absurd. Q2: Then, why live? A2: To rebel against ...
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How did Camus define his Absurd Reasoning?

Absurd Reasoning Reflection on suicide gives me an opportunity to raise the only problem to interest me: is there a logic to the point of death? I cannot know unless I pursue, without reckless ...
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Absurdism is not the complete answer [closed]

After experiencing existentialism for a number of weeks,I embraced absurdism. However, after a month of experiencing absurdism as my end all and be all meaning of life philosophy, I come to believe ...
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What is Eternity’s Springboard?

From Camus’ Myth of Sissyphus; Philosophical Suicide. Here’s the paragraph [format edited]: Now, if it is admitted that the absurd is the contrary of hope, it is seen that existential thought for ...
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“That melancholy convention cannot be persuasive.” What does this quote mean (from the Myth of Sisyphus)?

For context, this is the paragraph: I come at last to death and to the attitude we have toward it. On this point, everything has been said and it is only proper to avoid pathos. Yet one will never be ...
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Did Camus commit "philosophical suicide" himself?

So I'm studying Albert Camus's philosophy from a second-hand source and I'm questioning if Camus committed "philosophical suicide" himself. We commit philosophical suicide when we perform a ...
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'I want to be with you in heaven'

If you knew that suicide is not immoral, would it be virtuous to kill yourself - not because you were in pain and needed to escape - but merely due to a wish to end yourself before you fell into vice? ...
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What would be a reasonable response to this take that we shouldn't ponder abstract propositions about the meaning of life?

X says: “That moment when you realise that you've spent your entire life endlessly pondering abstract propositions about the meaning of life instead of actually feeling like you've led a meaningful ...
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Is Meursault in The Stranger by Camus supposed to be an Absurdist Exemplar? Counter-exemplar? Or?

I'm a layman so please use easy terms or provide references. Thanks! I understand that Sisyphus is an absurdist exemplar in the sense that he simultaneously realizes the futility of his task and ...
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Do humans need some agency over the world around them for their lives to have some sense or purpose?

This is a follow up to this question I was told to revise: If all work is automated, what will humans be able to do? After consideration I think that the only way to salvage that question is to break ...
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Is it ok, according to Camus, to try to get someone else to commit suicide?

When is it virtuous to predicate your happiness on another person's suicide? What would Camus say about deliberately getting another person to kill themselves? Supposing that, rightly or wrongly, you ...
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How should I contextualize this quote and understand its meaning? [closed]

Jean- Paul Sartre once said about Camus: "I would call his pessimism 'solar' if you remember how much black there is in the sun."
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How can an Absurdist be moral?

I know the question isn't worded well. I'm a little new to this. I've recently taken a look at Absurdist philosophy, primarily by reading works by Camus, and I feel that it is the most accurate ...
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What are some philosophical works that explore constructing meaning in life from an agnostic or atheist view?

I've been deeply suicidal for years, but it's gotten worse recently. I grew up Mormon, and last year I realized I couldn't believe in it anymore. I just couldn't; it would take too long to explain. I ...
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How may absurdism be relevant in our current world and recent events, such as the pandemic?

The mundanity and gloominess of lockdown would have caused many people to come face to face with the absurd and become very confused and lost. What would accepting and embracing the absurd, and ...
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"I rebel- therefore we exist." What does Albert Camus mean by this?

In his book, 'The Rebel', Albert Camus asserts the above mentioned sentence. Can you explain this quote in the best way possible, since it somehow seems to summarize the whole book, or rather, his ...
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Does an Absurdist try to create his/her own meanings?

I was reading about Existentialism in Wikipedia and in The Absurd section there are two sentences that seem conflicting to me. First we have: The notion of the absurd contains the idea that there is ...
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What is Camus' criticism of Husserl's phenomology and of Kierkegaard's thought?

I have not been able to grasp these concepts. Specifically, I am referring to the third chapter of the Myth of Sisyphus: "The philosophical suicide". I have understood that Camus's critic on ...
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Is Absurdism a form of hedonism?

I find it difficult to comprehend the philosophy of absurdism. Albert Camus defined it as "futility of a search for meaning in an incomprehensible universe, devoid of God, or meaning". What ...
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What are the "crimes of passion and crimes of logic"?

There are crimes of passion and crimes of logic. The boundary between them is not clearly defined. Albert Camus What does Albert Camus mean by "crimes of passion and crimes of logic" in his ...
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Would philosophy exist without semantics?

With so many threads on this forum seeming to me - from my point of view - as wars of words -can it be argued whether semantics are philosophy's oxygen? Would any philosophical debate actually take ...
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What does Albert Camus mean by two methods of thought, "of La Palisse and Don Quixote"?

In The Myth of Sisyphus, Camus says that there are two methods of thought to conclude that the meaning of life is the most urgent of questions: those of La Palisse and Don Quixote: Whether the earth ...
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What does this quote by Albert Camus mean?

"...we fall into the ridiculous contradiction of a mind that asserts total unity and proves by its very assertion its own difference and the diversity it claimed to resolve." As written in ...
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Is there a philosophy of not-knowism?

I believe that we humans are forever trapped in our (conditional, limited, and flawed) perception which separates us from the reality. In simple words, I don't and will never know anything and never ...
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How does absurdism deal with conflicting notions of subjective meaning?

My understanding of Camus is that he thinks you should find your subjective interests and run with them, but what would he say to say to a clinical psychopath born without a conscience who says he ...
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Humor as childlike inference?

A funny joke consists of: A premise P that, for maximum humor, should be in some way familiar or relatable A conclusion Q, that in some way involves injury, harm, embarrassment, or some other taboo A ...
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Word for an unending task that one is compelled to do

Absurdism uses The Myth of Sisyphus to give a metaphor for the unending human need to attribute meaning to life. What would be the most well-understood (or established) word that means: "a ...
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Myth of Sisyphus - What is Pascalian sense?

In The Myth of Sisyphus, Camus says "The act of eluding because it is both less and more than diversion in the Pascalian sense". What is the definition of "Pascalian sense"? How ...
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Is absurdism the next step after nihilism

I believe I am nihilist. I had the realization that there's no meaning to life and everything we've created is just to fill that empty void, every social construct is merely a "philosophical ...
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Why should we care about anyone?

If we take the World as absurd - without any meaning or end result, and believe in no such thing as God or afterlife (taking Camus' stance in Myth of Sisyphus), why should anyone, fundamentally, care ...
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Did Camus ever really write "Should I kill myself or have a cup of coffee"?

I think it's so wonderfully and beautifully put, but can't find the source, and am curious as to whether or not it's a genuine quotation.
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Is absurdism dated and what's beyond The Myth of Sisyphus?

In the preface written in 1955 by Albert Camus of my edition of The Myth of Sisyphus it says: After fifteen years I have progressed beyond several of the positions which are set down here; but I ...
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In his book The Fall why does Camus say that it will always be too late to save?

'So tell me, please, what happened to you one evening on the banks of Seine and how you managed never to risk your life. Say the words that for years have not ceased to echo through my nights and that ...
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What was Camus’ opinion of hedonism and determinism?

I’ve read The Myth Of Sisyphus, and it prompted some questions that I’m hoping other readers of Camus might be able to answer: Did Camus see unbridled hedonism as a solution to the nihilism caused by ...
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What is Nagel's definition of 'The Absurd'?

Why does Nagel consider life to be absurd? And correct me if i'm wrong but it feels like he's telling people to live life despite life being absurd? Why does he do that if that's the case?
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Albert Camus's thoughts on Science in the "Myth of Sisyphus"

I am not able to completely comprehend his thoughts on science from the below excerpts from The Myth of Sisyphus. I would appreciate insights. And here are trees and I know their gnarled surface, ...
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Is Foucault's analysis of history opposed to absurdism?

Sisyphus, just like the absurd man, keeps pushing. Camus claims that when Sisyphus acknowledges the futility of his task and the certainty of his fate, he is freed to realize the absurdity of his ...
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In what sense is Gabriel Marcel an existentialist?

After reading this question about existentialism What is the difference between existentialism, nihilism and absurdism? I began to doubt that all philosophers whom I have associated with ...
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What is the difference between existentialism, nihilism and absurdism?

I do not have any formal training in these subjects or any of philosophy, for that matter. So, forgive me for my naive question. As I understand it, all of these take the view that "existence ...
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How can i become obsessed with some meaning to life that i find rational? [closed]

-Background: I see something for example like living for others or trying to change the world (in a non-violent way) is an genuine meaning to life,however i'm not obsessed with these meanings that i ...
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If life is absurd, is immortality desirable?

If life lacks any meaning and we react in the way Camus wants us to then we can focus on other things and personal human projects. Does this mean that immortality becomes desirable?
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How can a non-religious person justify or rationalize hope or optimism in an absurd world?

I don't mean to make this post too personal, but I've been in the midst of the first kind of existential funk in my life. A bunch of negative things have happened around me recently, and as a pretty ...
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How is it possible for someone to live life to the fullest without becoming obsessed?

Is there anybody who is free from the preoccupation with the trivial in life without being obsessed and absorbed by dogma? It seems like only a maniac could be free from the guilt that prevents ...
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Why do people consider immediate pleasure irrational?

Why is immediate pleasure considered by the majority as irrational and as a trait restricted only to non human animals? What's more rational than immediate pleasure if death is inevitable and more ...
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Why did Albert Camus regard both physical suicide and philosophical suicide the same in terms of inferiority?

This is not a debate whether the acceptance of the absurd is superior/inferior/equal to physical suicide, but as the title says. I think physical suicide should come at-least in-between.
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What is "the Nietzschean criterion" in Camus' "The Myth of Sisyphus"?

Quote: It seems there are but two philosophical solutions [regarding killing oneself], either yes or no. This would be too easy. But allowance must be made for those who, without concluding, ...
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Philosophical suicide

What does Albert Camus mean when one commits philosophical suicide? I was learning about him and the speaker spoke about this, however they didn't give a clear enough example of this.
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Trying to identify a stance (or a range of them) respecting humans as part of a wider system, while denying them any special intrinsic significance

For the purposes of a philosophical study I am seeking a framework that would regard humans fairly unsympathetically, both individually and en masse, but which is not in itself essentially pessimistic....
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What would Camus say to the objection that some people live short and very happy lives?

I have read Camus, a fairly long time ago now; feels like I didn't get the intensity then, but I'm going through the wikipedia pages, and google to get an answer. If this is the wrong site I'll go to ...
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Absurdists/Nihilists/Existentialists take on as to why there is no intrinsic meaning to life

So, I just got into absurdism (formally-as a "branch" in philosophy, though I had been thinking in similar terms for a longer period now), and currently am reading "The Myth of Sysiphus" by Albert ...
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