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

No. Your logic seems to be suggesting that to present an argument from a starting position, via intermediate steps, to a conclusion is a violation of Occam's razor because it would be simpler to drop ...
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What is "the Nietzschean criterion" in Camus' "The Myth of Sisyphus"?

The allusion to the expression "the Nietzschean criterion" is, I think, merely internal to the present text (The Myth of Sisyphus). It is not something we the readers are supposed to know if ...
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Is Sisyphus actually happy or is he content?

There is not room to quote the whole essay here, or even the whole last paragraph. They explain Camus' point pretty well. The last two sentences are: The struggle itself toward the heights is ...
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Why should we care about anyone?

One of the weaknesses of the Western philosophical tradition - something that Existentialism and Absurdism tried to address — is that Western philosophy discounts psychology (broadly put). It ...
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What does Albert Camus mean by two methods of thought, "of La Palisse and Don Quixote"?

La Palisse was a French nobleman who is associated with jokes based on truisms. When he died his comrades famously made a song about it, saying "if he wasn't dead he would still be alive". ...
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Camus: why suicide

I presume you are referring to The Myth of Sisyphus. I think you misunderstood what Camus means by "There is only one really serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide" (admittedly, ...
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What to know before reading The Myth of Sisyphus?

Try reading it and see! There’s probably not a really satisfying answer for the general case. It’s one of the great works of literature as well as philosophy, a cultural monument and apex and ...
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Why does Camus consider an absurd life better than suicide?

You have to keep in mind that "rolling the rock" purposeless, was Sisyphus' punishment. If, instead, he rolls it over wheat, he will make flour, which could be used to feed people, thereby giving ...
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Philosophical suicide

For existential philosophy, failing to grapple with the paradoxes of death (in that it explicitly limits our ability to perceive the world in its totality) and the Real (that, because our perception ...
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Did Camus ever really write "Should I kill myself or have a cup of coffee"?

The quote is not Camus'. But, apparently, misquoting Camus, or even fabricating quotes is something of an enterprise. Gaetani even has papaer on it The noble art of misquoting Camus. They include "I ...
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Why should we care about anyone?

Sartre proposes that caring is a reality of human psychology from which we cannot escape (along with psychoanalysis and a raft of feminists, but he is the biggest-name philosopher who put it clearly). ...
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Myth of Sisyphus - What is Pascalian sense?

Pascalian sense of diversion First, what does Pascalian diversion mean? This can be answered from Blaise Pascal's Pensée no. 139: Diversion.--When I have occasionally set myself to consider the ...
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Is Absurdism a form of hedonism?

Absurdism is a philosophy where life has no meaning, and the greatest example of it is Camus' novel "The Stranger". It's important to note that this isn't nihilistic or pessimistic. In fact, ...
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What is "the Nietzschean criterion" in Camus' "The Myth of Sisyphus"?

The question Camus is asking is whether life is worth living, which, he believes, is equivalent to the problem of suicide. For the equivalence, Camus establishes such auxiliary assumptions as living ...
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If life is absurd, is immortality desirable?

From a purely logical perspective, the question is not answerable. The desirability of immortality does not stand in any necessary connection with whether life is absurd or meaningful. ...
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Was the European Left confined in a false dichotomy between capitalism and communism?

The dichotomy of the question (Communism vs. Capitalism) and the dichotomy actually mentioned in the quote are very different. The quote says Camus saw oppression in the Soviet Union (and the Soviet ...
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What does this line from "A Happy Death" by Camus mean?

In general, A Happy Death (1936-38), as well as the following Camus' novel : The Stranger (1942), which share with the previous one the title character : Mersault, revolves around the attempt to make ...
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Did Camus ever really write "Should I kill myself or have a cup of coffee"?

Sorry for the late answer Indeed this quote does originate from Camus. In the first section of “A Happy Death”, the character Mersault stated this in conversation with the character of Zagreus, ...
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Why should we care about anyone?

If 'the World is absurd - without any meaning or end result' then if caring is absurd, so is not-caring. 'Why should I care about anyone?' and 'Why shouldn't I care about someone - or everyone?' - ...
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What are the "crimes of passion and crimes of logic"?

Short Answer A thousand years ago, a person was readily culpable or not for their choices. Today, culpability is not so clear since we participate in highly complex societies built on highly complex ...
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"I rebel- therefore we exist." What does Albert Camus mean by this?

Mauro has said it nicely. I would like to add, that according to existentialism (eg Sartre), the person is confronted with her freedom. The person can only act, and can act freely in that. This is ...
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How may absurdism be relevant in our current world and recent events, such as the pandemic?

One of Camus' most famous works is a novel called The Plague, which is about a disease outbreak. I would suggest taking a look into that, as there are plenty of straightforward comparisons that can be ...
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Why was Camus wrong that suicide is a really serious philosophical problem, let alone the fundamental question of philosophy?

I don't think Camus was focusing on suicide, or commenting on the ethics of suicide at all as much as on the possible meaninglessness of existence. He was pointing out that existence may or may not be ...
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Criticisms on Absurdism

Camus does not, I would argue, create a circular definition of the absurd. What he outlines as The Absurd is not something we seek to maintain in the religious sense (God exists because it says in The ...
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Is Sisyphus actually happy or is he content?

A lot of the responses are too focused on the one paragraph of Camus' essay. The answer to Sisyphus' happiness is found within the second to last paragraph: "All Sisyphus' silent joy is contained ...
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Why does Camus consider an absurd life better than suicide?

Rolling a large rock up a hill is pointless, and such a task was imposed by the gods as punishment for Sisyphus; Camus, however, uses this as a symbol of the human condition when a meaningful world ...
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How should one interpret Camus' quote about the "vanity of experience"?

This is an example of what can be called associative narration, that is common in the texts of continental tradition in philosophy to which Camus belongs. Its aim is to foster understanding rather ...
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If life is absurd, is immortality desirable?

If life is absurd, immortality might be a continuation of the absurdity - and worse, because life ends but immorality goes on for ever. An eternity of absurdity! What a prospect. However, if ...
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Is Sisyphus actually happy or is he content?

The question is a tough one because it is very hard to know what Camus had in his mind while writing that. Many interpretations are possible. However, there is one way to look into it. Camus starts ...
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How can Camus be correct that 'il peut y avoir des responsables, il n'y a pas de coupable'?

One way of looking at guilt is to acknowledge that the experience of moral guilt is real, but that it does not mean anything. That is, the human moral faculty is not reliable although it is tempting ...
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