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The Myth of Sisyphus(philosophy of the absurd) by Albert Camus

Hello everyone this month we the thinkers club will read the essay, The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus sometimes refered to as philosophy of the absurd. The essay is around 120 pages and can be found free online by going to and typing in the title in the search or can be ordered from the regular places.

The Myth of Sisyphus was originally published in french in 1942. Camus was influenced by such philosophers as Soren Kierkegaard, Arhtur Schopenhauer, and Friedrich Nietzsche. Camus argues that life is essentially meaningless, although humans continue to try to impose order on existence and to look for answers to unanswerable questions. Camus uses the Greek legend of Sisyphus, who is condemned by the gods for eternity to repeatedly roll a boulder up a hill only to have it roll down again just as he got it to the top, as a metaphor for the individual's persistent struggle against the essential absurdity of life. According to Camus, the first step an individual must take is to accept the fact of this absurdity. If as for Sisyphus, suicide is not a positive response, the only alternative is to rebel by rejoicing in the task of rolling the boulder up the hill. Camus further argues that with the Joyful acceptance of the struggle against defeat, the individual gains definition and identity.

Well is he right? lets read it and figure it out, in reading the text I found that this can be a very lively evening, so mark your calendar and see you there.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I've only read one by book by Camus when I was in high school. Reading Camus as an adult is within a completely different context. Camus' paradigm of the Absurd and the Absurd Hero lead to a review of my ideals and concepts

    September 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome! Much more doable than A theory of justice. WAYYY too long!

    August 8, 2012

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