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Philosophy Talk: Camus and the Absurd

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Is life really just like a rock you keep pushing up a hill so it won't roll back over you?

Albert Camus (born November 7, 1913) is most famous for his existential works of fiction including The Stranger, as well as his philosophical essay, The Myth of Sisyphus. He led the French resistance press during Nazi Occupation and became one of the youngest Nobel laureates in literature. His contemporary, Hannah Arendt, described him as “head and shoulders above the other intellectuals.” How does Camus' philosophy of Absurdism compare and contrast with Sartre’s popular existentialism, especially in their conceptions of freedom? What political and philosophical issues of his time were he deeply involved in, and what relevance does his thinking still hold for the problems of contemporary life? John and Ken remain sensible with Robert Zaretsky from the University of Houston, author of A Life Worth Living: Albert Camus and the Quest for Meaning. Sunday 11/08 at 11 am.