For generations, Albert Camus has been an existential and moral guide because of his basic belief in the strength of the human spirit. This course will explore the foundations of Camus’s thought, focusing on concepts that are central to his vision of the human condition, including the absurd, rebellion, and solidarity. We will trace his intellectual and political trajectory from the interwar period, through the Second World War, and the early Cold War era. In doing so, we will better understand how Camus became one of the most celebrated writers and public intellectuals of the twentieth century, and why his writing is so relevant for our times.
By Albert Camus:
The Myth of Sisyphus (essay)
“The Human Crisis” (essay)
Exile and the Kingdom (short story collection)
The Cambridge Companion to Camus, by Edward J. Hughes
Albert Camus: A Biography, by Herbert Lottman
Albert Camus: A Life, by Olivier Todd
- How have you experienced the absurd, as defined by Camus?
- Camus’s thought is very much at the intersection of the political and the philosophical. How can Camus’s vision of the human condition be applied to our present circumstances?
- Are there other thinkers you have studied who are comparable to Camus? Who are they, and how are they comparable?
I learned a good amt about Camus- so relevant to todays situation and even to most of human history. Please also ask the professor to
speak without the constant repeating of “ok.”. I appreciate a more
fluid speaking style.
I read Campus over 50 years ago in my youth but will have to revisit him now. You have made me see how relevant he is to today’s political situations in the world today. The more things change, the more they remain the same. Will this continue until we get it right? will we ever get it right? Is there right to be gotten?
I must revisit Campus and others………….
Thank you for this class..