Sunday, April 30, 2017

Albert Camus and absurdism


Albert Camus (1913-1960) is a famous philosopher best known for his contributions to absurdism. Ottar G. Draugsvold said,
As a writer Camus maintained his independence from both friends and enemies in the political and philosophical movements that attempted to subvert his writing to their own ends... Camus combines a taut writing style, as well as profound insights on society, with the courage to report back from the abyss of despair, unblinking. (Nobel Writers on Writing , 2000)
This post is a collection of quotes from Camus about the philosophy of life.

What is absurdism?


"You have already grasped that Sisyphus is the absurd hero. He is, as much through his passions as through his torture. His scorn of the gods, his hatred of death, and his passion for life won him that unspeakable penalty in which the whole being is exerted toward accomplishing nothing." (The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays , 1942)

"Life can be magnificent and overwhelming - that is its whole tragedy. Without beauty, love, or danger it would be almost easy to live." (Review of Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre, 1938)

"A profound thought is in a constant state of becoming; it adopts the experience of a life and assumes its shape. Likewise, a man's sole creation is strengthened in its successive and multiple aspects: his works." (The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays , 1942)

Absurdism and science


"The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth." (The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays , 1942)

"The realization that life is absurd cannot be an end, but only a beginning. This is a truth nearly all great minds have taken as their starting point. It is not this discovery that is interesting, but the consequences and rules of action drawn from it." (Review of Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre, 1938)

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