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The book covers all of Camus's significant writings and includes thorough expositions of The Myth of Sisyphus, The Stranger, The Fall, The Plague, and The Rebel. A discussion of the metaphysical and practical connotations of Camus's celebrated concept of the Absurd lays the foundation for a discussion of the later works, which are considered in the context of Camus's basic ethical orientation. This, it is contended, harks back (and, with its recent resurgence, forward) to a virtue ethics of sorts. It is argued that Camus's literary characters are purified phenomenological portraits that reflect the existential temptations of an overwhelmed modern consciousness, and the ethico-political works reflect the efforts of a morally committed consciousness to come to grips with a modern world unable to make good the moral imperative. In the end, it is argued, Camus offers a phenomenological ethics, which is all that is left of virtue ethics when social life has broken down.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Sherman's book provides an excellent account of Camus' fortunes and misfortunes in the intellectual realm in France immediately following the war.” (Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, April 2009)

“Sherman persuasively argues that what emerges from Camus’s writing is the portrait of a man of courage and decency. Recommended to all academic libraries and university foreign-language departments with strong French programs.” (Library Journal, February 2009)

Library Journal

Although Camus deplored being labeled an existentialist philosopher, he exhibited existentialist views in his writings before Jean-Paul Sartre. Sherman (philosophy, Univ. of Montana at Missoula; Sartre and Adorno) examines Camus's The Myth of Sisyphus, The Stranger, The Fall, The Plague, and The Rebel from a philosophical viewpoint, citing Hegel, Hume, Kierkegaard, and Nietzsche. He offers an extensive discussion of Camus's philosophy of the absurd, which reveals Camus's philosophy of a phenomenological ethics, all that remains of virtue ethics when social life has broken down. Camus asserts that the absurd is the contradiction between sets of principles not "amenable to reconciliation through reason." In The Myth of Sisyphus, Sisyphus, condemned to rolling a huge boulder up and down a hill, is viewed by Camus in negative terms, while Nietzsche viewed the situation positively. Meursault in The Stranger realizes that there can be no resurgence from the absurd. In Camus's last novel, The Fall, Clamence does not affirm life like Meursault but, rather, rejects it. Sherman persuasively argues that what emerges from Camus's writing is the portrait of a man of courage and decency. Recommended to all academic libraries and university foreign-language departments with strong French programs.
—Bob T. Ivey

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405159302
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Series: Blackwell Great Minds Series, #15
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

David Sherman is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Montana at Missoula. He is the author of Sartre and Adorno: The Dialectics of Subjectivity (2007) and co-editor of The Blackwell Guide to Continental Philosophy (2003).

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Table of Contents

Introduction Situating camus 1

1 Camus's life 10

2 The absurd 21

3 Life 56

4 Scorn 86

5 Solidarity 106

6 Rebellion 136

7 Realpolitik 173

8 Exile and rebirth 194

9 Epilogue 207

Index 211

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