Camus: Portrait of a Moralist

Camus: Portrait of a Moralist

by Stephen Eric Bronner

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Camus: Portrait of a Moralist by Stephen Eric Bronner

Decades after his death, Albert Camus (1913–1960) is still regarded as one of the most influential and fascinating intellectuals of the twentieth century. This biography by Stephen Eric Bronner explores the connections between his literary work, his philosophical writings, and his politics.

Camus illuminates his impoverished childhood, his existential concerns, his activities in the antifascist resistance, and the controversies in which he was engaged. Beautifully written and incisively argued, this study offers new insights—and above all—highlights the contemporary relevance of an extraordinary man.

“A model of a kind of intelligent writing that should be in greater supply. Bronner manages judiciously to combine an appreciation for the strengths of Camus and nonrancorous criticism of his weaknesses. . . . As a personal and opinionated book, it invites the reader into an engaging and informative dialogue.”—American Political Science Review

 

“This concise, lively, and remarkably evenhanded treatment of the life and work of Albert Camus weaves together biography, philosophical analysis, and political commentary.”—Science & Society

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226075679
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 09/15/2009
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 1,253,249
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Stephen Eric Bronner is distinguished professor of political science and director of global relations at the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights at Rutgers University.

Table of Contents

Preface, 2009

1 — early days

Youth

Religion

Experiments

Activism

2 — the absurd

Meursalt

Sisyphus

Caligula

3 — resistance

Commitment

Language

Solidarity

4 — limits

The Postwar World

Rebellion

Criticsims

A Controversy with Sartre

5 — creation corrected

Exile

Judgement

The Kingdom

6 — the legacy

chronology

afterword, 2009

index

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