Camus in 60 Minutes: Great Thinkers in 60 Minutes by Walther Ziegler

By Walther Ziegler

Albert Camus was once a legend in his personal lifetime, as a winning writer, a thinker and a “ladies’ man”. His philosophical discoveries stay provocative even this day. simply because, like several nice philosophers, Camus posed the query of the that means of lifestyles. yet his resolution to this query was once a solution of a completely new type. this question as to the which means of existence has been responded, in fact, very in a different way down the centuries. For Plato it's ‘the solid’ that holds the realm jointly; for Hegel the ‘World-Spirit’; for Marx the family members of construction; for Sartre freedom; for Nietzsche ‘will to power’; and for Habermas the advance of communicative cause. quite, every one thinker has his personal resolution to this query. yet Camus is the exception the following. He has none. Or relatively, worse: he has a solution, yet one in every of very sobering impact. His solution to the query ‘what is the which means of life?’ is just ‘It has no which means. lifestyles is absurd’. We plan forward and make judgements, yet within the final research our entire lifestyles relies on a chain of likelihood occasions over which we don't have any keep watch over. neither is there rather a aim. however, it really is our activity to stay proudly and undauntedly on. Camus compares the lifetime of guy with the parable of Sisyphus. The legendary Sisyphus strained tirelessly to push a boulder up a mountainside, although it continuously rolled backpedal earlier than he reached the head. yet accurately during this it sounds as if mindless and absurd task lay, argued Camus, an opportunity for a fulfilled existence. Camus explains to us how we will stay with absurdity. We needs to, he says, think Sisyphus chuffed. The ebook Camus in 60 mins explains, utilizing chosen quotations and examples, this thought of “the absurd” because it is built by way of Camus in his major philosophical works the parable of Sisyphus and The insurgent. The bankruptcy on “what use Camus’ discovery is for us this present day” describes the “absurd kind of existence” that Camus recommends. Camus’ vibrant examples of “absurd life-projects”, and his descriptions of the way one most sensible confronts “the absurd” itself and leads a existence with no God or ideological orientation are, particularly in our glossy societies, of robust relevance and topicality. The booklet types a part of the preferred sequence nice Thinkers in 60 Minutes.

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