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By John Foley

Adopting an interdisciplinary procedure, encompassing philosophy, literature, politics and historical past, John Foley examines the complete breadth of Camus' principles to supply a complete and rigorous learn of his political and philosophical inspiration and an important contribution to more than a few debates present in Camus study. Foley argues that the coherence of Camus' proposal can top be understood via a radical knowing of the options of 'the absurd' and 'revolt' in addition to the relation among them. This ebook contains a unique dialogue of Camus' writings for the newspaper Combat, a scientific research of Camus' dialogue of the ethical legitimacy of political violence and terrorism, a reassessment of the existing postcolonial critique of Camus' humanism, and a sustained research of Camus' most crucial and regularly missed paintings, L'Homme révolté (The Rebel).

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This world has at least the truth of man”, even if this truth has “no justification but man”. 6 It may appear, as it did to Philip Thody, for example, that Camus’s arguments here are more emotive than philosophical, that ultimately “they come down to saying that because a man wants a thing then it must exist” (Thody 1961: 81). However, although the letters are clearly emotive in both tone and content, they should not be dismissed too quickly. Camus, after all, is not arguing that if humankind wants an ethical order, then such an order must exist, but rather that if humankind wants an ethical order, it is capable of creating one.

Held little appeal for him” (Judt 1998: 104). qxd 10/09/2008 10:43 AM Page 30 30 ALBERT CAMUS with party affiliation. Camus, as Judt observes, viewed politics from a fundamentally moral perspective, but the implication that morality and politics were mutually exclusive is precisely the implication against which much of Camus’s writing, especially his journalism, was directed. Camus did generally eschew party-political involvement (the one possible exception, discussed later on, was his support of Mendès-France after the outbreak of war in Algeria in 1954), and he once suggested that the only political party he would be comfortable joining would be one made up of “those who are not sure they are right” (E: 383–4).

Quite to the contrary, the novel is about how a fundamentally sincere and honest man becomes a mortal victim of the state judicial system not because he refused to tell the truth, but because he refused to lie. The Outsider is a plea for the rights of the individual against social conformity and against the state – in a very profound way, despite its status as absurd novel par excellence, it can be seen as a restatement of classical liberalism. The Outsider is concerned almost exclusively with constructing a model of what the confrontation with the absurd may look like in a social or political context.

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