Albert Camus' Critique of Modernity by Ronald Srigley

By Ronald Srigley

Nobel Prize winner Albert Camus' contributions to political and cultural research make him some of the most very important writers of the 20 th century. Camus' writing has been seriously researched and analyzed in academia, with many students focusing on the formal tri-part constitution he adhered to in his later paintings: the cycle that divided his books into phases of the absurd, uprising, and love. but different facets of Camus' work—his preoccupation with modernity and its organization with Christianity, his fixations on Greek suggestion and classical imagery—have been principally ignored by means of serious learn. those topics of Camus' have lengthy deserved serious research, and Ronald D. Srigley eventually can pay them due cognizance in Albert Camus' Critique of Modernity.

The trouble-free, chronological readings of Camus' cycles understand them as uncomplicated advancement—the absurd is undesirable, uprising is best, and love is better of all. but the trouble with that point of view, Srigley argues, is that it ignores the relationships among the cycles. because the cycles development, faraway from denoting development, they describe reviews that develop darker and extra violent.

Albert Camus' Critique of Modernity additionally ventures into new interpretations of seminal works—The fantasy of Sisyphus, The Rebel, and The Fall—that light up Camus' critique of Christianity and modernity and his go back to the Greeks. The e-book explores how these texts relate to the cyclical constitution of Camus' works and examines the restrictions of the undertaking of the cycles as Camus initially conceived it.

Albert Camus' Critique of Modernity provides the decisive imaginative and prescient of that final venture: to critique Christianity, modernity, and the connection among them and in addition to revive the Greek knowledge that have been eclipsed via either traditions. unlike a lot present scholarship, which translates Camus' issues as glossy or perhaps postmodern, Srigley contends that Camus' ambition ran within the wrong way of history—that his imperative objective was once to articulate the subjects of the ancients, highlighting Greek anthropology and political philosophy.

This ebook follows the trajectory of Camus' paintings, analyzing the constitution and content material of Camus' writing via a brand new lens. This evaluation of Camus, in its special approach and standpoint, opens up new avenues of analysis concerning the accomplishments of this well-liked thinker and invigorates Camus experiences. A completely sourced textual content, Albert Camus' Critique of Modernity makes a priceless source for examine of existentialism, modernity, and smooth political proposal.

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Qxd 28 • 1/17/08 8:39 AM Page 28 ABSURD, THE In its literary guise, the absurd is tied to an experience of radical contingency in which the world, myself, and the universe as a whole reveal themselves as lacking intrinsic meaning or purpose, as “superfluous” or “gratuitous” in the sense that they could just as well not exist. Roquentin, the protagonist of Sartre’s Nausea, describes such an experience in which the linguistic veneer of things is peeled away to reveal their brute physical “existence”: “[M]ounting up as high as the sky, spilling over .

Adorno studied at the University of Frankfurt and was active there, along with Max Horkheimer and Herbert Marcuse, in the Institute for Social Research (which came to be called “the Frankfurt School”) during the late 1920s and early 1930s. In 1934, after the Nazis’ rise to power, he immigrated to Oxford, and in 1938 to New York. He returned to Frankfurt in the early 1950s and was the director of the revived Institute for Social Research from 1958 to 1969. Adorno was critical of existentialism at the same time that he shared certain existentialist concerns and influences.

At the same time, they developed a distinctive focus on embodiment and interpersonal relations, which was continued in the later work of Sartre, Beauvoir, and MerleauPonty. A further important difference was the significance of Marxism for French intellectual of the day. qxd 1/17/08 5:21 AM Page 13 INTRODUCTION • 13 phy played an important role in Sartre and Merleau-Ponty’s development, and, in the 1950s, in the subsequent dissolution of existentialism in France. SARTRE AND THE FRENCH EXISTENTIALIST MOVEMENT The term existentialism first gained currency as a label for Sartre’s philosophy in the politically charged atmosphere of France following the Liberation of Paris in August 1944.

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