Albert Camus: From the Absurd to Revolt

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Adopting an interdisciplinary approach encompassing philosophy, literature, politics and history, John Foley examines the full breadth of Camus' ideas to provide a rigorous guide to his political and philosophical thought.
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Overview

Adopting an interdisciplinary approach encompassing philosophy, literature, politics and history, John Foley examines the full breadth of Camus' ideas to provide a rigorous guide to his political and philosophical thought.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780773534674
  • Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2008
  • Pages: 239
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


John Foley is a postdoctoral fellow at the National University of Ireland, Galway.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements xi

Notes on the text and abbreviations xiii

Introduction 1

1 The absurd 5

The Myth of Sisyphus 5

The Outsider 14

Caligula 22

Between nihilism and hope 26

2 Camus and Combat 29

Camusian rebellion and political engagement 29

Letters to a German Friend 30

Camus and Combat 33

"Neither Victims nor Executioners" 38

The Plague 50

3 The Rebel 55

Introduction 55

Metaphysical rebellion 58

Historical rebellion 60

Hegel 63

Marx, history and state terrorism 67

Unity and totality 76

4 Camus and political violence 87

The scrupulous assassin 87

"Reflections on the Guillotine" 100

5 Camus and Sartre 108

The "revolted soul" 108

"Hostile to history" 115

"Freedom without brakes" 122

Camus and Sartre on violence 126

6 Camus and Algeria 141

A new Mediterranean culture 141

A civilian truce 155

Conclusion 170

Notes 173

Bibliography 214

Index 235

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