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What to know before reading The Myth of Sisyphus?

Does one need a solid knowledge on anything in particular before tackling this essay? He mentions quite a lot of writers and philosophers (Nietzsche, Lequier, Jaspers, Chestov, Kierkegaard and, in ...
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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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What does this line from “A Happy Death” by Camus mean? [closed]

Here is a set of lines from the book 'A Happy Death ' by 'Albert Camus' : 'In the past, whenever Mersault had spent any time with one woman, he made the first gestures of commitment, he was conscious ...
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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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What did Mersault mean?

In the book "A happy Death" by "Albert Camus" , what did Mersault mean when he said, 'When I look at my life and its secret colors, I feel like bursting into tears' ?
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Does anyone say that dying for a cause is always irrational?

Does anyone say that dying for a cause is always irrational? I wouldn't gloss Heidegger's freedom-toward-death, like that, but it might be broadly similar. On the one hand, I would prefer to die ...
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Introductions to Camus on absurdity

For a layman, what’s a good, accessible introduction to Camus’ work on absurdity?
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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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How can Camus be correct that 'il peut y avoir des responsables, il n'y a pas de coupable'?

Source: The Well-Educated Mind (2 edn 2016), pp. 108 Bottom - 109 Top.   In Camus’s philosophy of “the absurd,” there is no significance to life; all humans are condemned to death, facing the ...
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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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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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does the Myth of Sisyphus illustrate dasein?

In the brief illustration provided by Camus we see a man pushing a stone and accepting his lot. As the stone rolls back down the hill it seems he is able to remove himself from this plight, much like ...
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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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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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Does Camus show that all suicide is an evil?

Does Camus show that all suicide is an evil? What if the the girl in The Fall is about to be captured, repeatedly raped, maimed and tortured? Is it only the insane, or even weak, who would not ...
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What were Camus' views on nihilism and existentialism?

I have recently become fairly interested in Camus. I'm not really that familiar with philosophy, but I do know the difference between nihilism and existentialism. I've been wondering what Camus ...
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Could I please request an introduction to philosophy of pessimism?

Everything from essential texts, interpretations of the absurd, eternal return, interpretations of suicide and religion, and it's influence on the arts. And, I know I am asking a lot, but I'd like to ...
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How should one interpret Camus' quote about the “vanity of experience”?

I am writing an essay that requires a section on "experience," and I was looking for a quote to use in my introduction. I found this quote by Camus on BrainyQuote: You cannot create experience. ...
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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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Is Sisyphus actually happy or is he content?

I am having trouble understanding what Camus meant when he says "One must imagine Sisyphus is happy" in the essay The Myth of Sisyphus. What does Camus mean by happiness, and how can Sisyphus be happy ...
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Criticisms on Absurdism

Camus' idea to keep the absurd alive by accepting our innate desire for meaning and even pursuing and yet not giving into hope of ever reaching a meaning to life, what he calls the revolt against the ...
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Why does Camus consider an absurd life better than suicide?

Source: pp 200-201, A Little History of Philosophy (2011 ed; not 2012 Reprint ed.) by Nigel Warburton PhD in Philosophy. A novice, I am still easing into philosophy with introductions and do not feel ...
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Why Does Camus Maintain That Men Can't Have Freedom Under An All-Powerful God?

I am quoting here something from The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus: The problem of 'freedom as such' has no meaning. For it is linked in quite a different way with the problem of God. The ...
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Can Camus' 'The Absurd' Be Arrived At Through Reason?

I am currently reading The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus. In it, he gives a fair outline of his philosophy. Camus says that absurdity isn't just the scrutiny of a single fact; it's the paradoxes ...
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What are some book suggestions for further reading about Camus and the absurd, after reading the Stranger and Myth of Sisyphus?

I read The Stranger a long time ago, but I'm sure I missed a lot. More recently I've read a bit of Kierkegaard and now I'm making my way through The Myth of Sisyphus (and am more inclined to agree ...
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Why and how is Camus “against nihilism”?

I see in several sources that Camus is "against nihilism"(though there are also a few which state he utilizes elements of nihilism), however, (Sorry for referring to Wikipedia. Didn't have enough ...
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What did Camus mean when he wrote “All thoughts are anthropomorphic”?

I am currently reading the Myth of Sisyphus and I came across the following: All thoughts are anthropomorphic My Interpretation Prior to reading this, I had no idea what "anthropomorphic" meant....
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Explanations of concepts underlying Camus' “The Rebel”?

[Note: First question on this site - I've used other StackExchange sites but this is a first for me. Be gentle.] I recently began reading Albert Camus' "The Rebel" because it was referenced ...
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What does this quote from Albert Camus mean?

“To be born to create, to love, to win at games is to be born to live in time of peace. But war teaches us to lose everything and become what we were not. it all becomes a question of style.” — ...
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Is existentialism the “practical” nihilism?

Nihilism states that no matter what you do, it's meaningless. But how do you decide then, what to do? A few years back I read "The Myth of Sisyphus" by Camus, in which he tackles the question, if ...
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Was the European Left confined in a false dichotomy between capitalism and communism?

In the 2004 book "Camus and Sartre: The Story of a Friendship and the Quarrel That Ended It" (link to a brief review/synopsis), the author portrays two of the leading members of the literary class' ...
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Is atheism a requirement for a consistent existentialist philosophy?

Søren Kierkegaard is generally considered to be the "father of existentialism". This always bothered me, since to me Sartre and Camus are the defining figures of the movement, and it seems that there ...