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Albert Camus: From the Absurd to Revolt

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Adopting an interdisciplinary approach that encompasses 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, making a significant contribution to current debates in Camus research. Foley argues that Camus' thought can best be understood through analysis of the concepts of "the absurd" and "revolt" and the relationship between them. The book includes a detailed discussion of Camus' writings for ...
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Overview


Adopting an interdisciplinary approach that encompasses 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, making a significant contribution to current debates in Camus research. Foley argues that Camus' thought can best be understood through analysis of the concepts of "the absurd" and "revolt" and the relationship between them. The book includes a detailed discussion of Camus' writings for the newspaper Combat, a systematic analysis of the discussion of the moral legitimacy of political violence and terrorism, a reassessment of the prevailing postcolonial critique of Camus' humanism, and a sustained analysis of Camus' most commonly neglected work, L'Homme révolté (The Rebel). Written with sufficient detail and clarity to satisfy both academic and student audiences, Albert Camus: From the Absurd to Revolt is an important discussion and defence of Camus' philosophical thought.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780773534667
  • Publisher: Queen's Policy Studies
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Pages: 239
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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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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