The Ethical Pragmatism of Albert Camus: Two Studies in the History of Ideas

The Ethical Pragmatism of Albert Camus: Two Studies in the History of Ideas

by Dean Vasil

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The Ethical Pragmatism of Albert Camus: Two Studies in the History of Ideas by Dean Vasil

In what, since the age of its Enlightenment, the West has perceived to be an absurd universe, it has had continually to choose between two ways of life as consequences of that perception and of the movement which gave it rise: these are the way of ethics and the way of modern historicist ideology, the way of a moral imperative without God and that of the will to become God in His place. The first is illogical, but the second is irrational, «la prédication de la surhumanité,» as Camus says, «aboutissant à la fabrication méthodique des sous-hommes.» The way of ethics or of man as an end in himself is the way of Camus as well, and one the reflection of whose origins and raison d'être in his own thought is the subject of the two studies in the present essay.

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ISBN-13: 9780820401669
Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/31/1985
Series: American University Studies Series: Series 2: Romance Languages and Literature , #18
Pages: 152

Table of Contents

Contents: Thought of Camus, Albert - Enlightenment and Existential Philosophy - Ethics and Pragmatism - History of Ideas in France and the Modern West.

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