The Myth of Sisyphus

The Myth of Sisyphus

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The Myth of Sisyphus is one of the most profound philosophical statements written this century. It is a discussion of the central idea of absurdity that Camus was to develop in his novel The Outsider . Here Camus poses the fundamental question- Is life worth living? If existence has ceased to retain significance when confronted with the fragmented reality of the human condition, what then can keep us from suicide? Camus movingly argues for an acceptance of reality that encompasses revolt, passion and, above all, liberty. This volume contains several other essays, including lyrical evocations of the sunlit cities of Algiers and Oran. 'Probably no European writer of his time left so deep a mark on the imagination.' Conor Cruise O'Brien
Publisher: London : Penguin, 2000
ISBN: 9780141182001
Branch Call Number: 844.914 CAM
Characteristics: 191 p. ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: O'Brien, Justin
Alternative Title: Mythe de Sisyphe.


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There are some insightful ideas about what constitutes a real life, one where living to your fullest even though you know there is no "meaning of life" is the answer. To face the absurd and thrive in the face of it is the ultimate life well-lived. He almost loses his point by writing as if his audience is a group of Philosophy doctorates, so I would not recommend this to someone unless they have a working knowledge of that subject.

Sep 07, 2016

The essays at the end are touching even if a bit waffling; the title essay is a literary essay on a philosophical topic, and its so poorly structured that its hard to follow the argument, although it does have many interesting sentences in it. There is virtually no editing at all: who is Chestov? what are the works being referred to? or even the events being referred to? I should think that after sixty years they could have tracked them down (seventy four years, if you count from the French edition).

Apr 05, 2015

A lovely discussion by a north-African about the distinction between hope and lucidity. The author equivocates, because hope is overrated (at least in European societies), but ultimately advocates a balance between them.

Nov 12, 2012

I originally just wanted to move a few large stones around my yard but ended up on a enlightening journey through the valley of existentialism that border the high cliffs where philosophical suicide reside beside the open sky's of facticity purgatory. Next time maybe I will mow the lawn or just read Walt Whitman's 'Leaves of Grass'.

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