Albert Camus as Political Thinker: Nihilisms and the Politics of Contempt

Albert Camus as Political Thinker: Nihilisms and the Politics of Contempt

by Samantha Novello

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Albert Camus as Political Thinker: Nihilisms and the Politics of Contempt by Samantha Novello

This intense 'genealogical' reconstruction of Albert Camus's political thinking challenges the philosophical import of his writings as providing an alternative, 'aesthetic' way of thinking political action outside and against the nihilistic categories of modern political philosophy. Samantha Novello focuses on the problem of radical nihilism as a crucial political question and the red thread of Camus's reflection from his early works to his speech for acceptance upon the Award of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Based on the most rigorous and updated edition of his complete works in the new Bibliothèque de la Pléiade (Gallimard), the book discusses all the key concepts of Camus's thinking, including the absurd, revolt, and freedom, in the light of contemporary political theory and as part of his personal/original 'aesthetic' point of view on twentieth-century politics of contempt and terrorisms.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780230240988
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 10/13/2010
Edition description: 2010
Pages: 193
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

SAMANTHA NOVELLO is a Teacher of Philosophy and Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Torino, Italy. She is co-editor of the new edition of Albert Camus's complete works in the Bibliothèque de la Pliéiade (Gallimard).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements viii

Note on the Texts and Abbreviations ix

Introduction: An 'Untimely' Political Thought for Serious Times 1

1 The Twentieth-Century Politics of Contempt 10

2 'Undisguised influences' 19

3 Tragic Beginnings 33

Mystic 'communion' with nature 38

4 An Artist's Point of View 58

Rethinking participation beyond political 'romanticism' 63

A stranger to the world of ressentiment 71

5 Commencement of Freedom 81

Sisyphus or happiness in Hell 86

Nothing is possible, everything is permitted 92

6 The Absurd and Power 109

Combat with nihilism 122

7 Between Sade and the Dandy. Conclusion 131

Notes 148

Bibliography 174

Index 186

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