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Literary Insights from Albert Camus

I am reading selections from Lyrical and Critical Essays, a work long in print and well worth perusal. Perhaps my favorite passage is one where Camus recounts his youthful discovery of literature I began to read properly. A fortunate illness … Continue reading

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Camus on Death and Politics

“It is a peculiarity of our times. We make love by telephone, we no longer work with material but with machines, and kill and are killed by proxy. We gain in neatness but lose in understanding.”—Albert Camus There is an … Continue reading

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Camus’ Strange Fiction

Anyone with pretensions of authorship must be filled with envy by Camus’ prose. He conveys a world of detail and meaning with the utmost economy of language. He is also the only major existentialist author who is at all readable. … Continue reading

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Rebels, Greeks and Pedants

I am venturing into Albert Camus’ The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt with a mixture of curiosity and caution. I never quite know where Camus is going, and his thoughts are expressed in prose that is both dense … Continue reading

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Assessing Marx’s Culpability

Referring to the obsessive personality of Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights, Albert Camus points out that he “would kill everybody on earth in order to posses Cathy, but it would never occur to him to say that murder is reasonable or … Continue reading

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Pliny and Suicide

“I have suffered the heaviest loss…. Cornelius Rufus is dead; and dead, too, by his own hand!”–Pliny the Younger, Letter VIII Among the Roman pagans suicide was seen as a permissible exit, especially if age, disease or dishonor seemed to … Continue reading

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When Words Fail

There are two ways in which words can fail us: either we find them wholly inadequate to the intensity of our feelings, or else speech is appropriate yet the words chosen are done so without care.  As an example of … Continue reading

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Kierkegaard on Ethics and Existence

William Hubben’s compact volume, Dostoevsky, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche and Kafka, is a rare work of philosophy that is both intelligent and intelligible. It is also unusual for being critical of the nihilism of Nietzsche and Sartre which became so popular among … Continue reading

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The Selective Illusions of Art

“In a universe suddenly divested of illusions and lights, man feels an alien, a stranger.”—Camus Continuing our review of Illusions by André Maurois, one notes the importance of order in human activity, including the world of art: It is impossible … Continue reading

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Gabriel Marcel on Justice

The volume Searchings (Newman Press, 1967) is a set of essays originally delivered as speeches by French philosopher Gabriel Marcel (1889-1973). The first topic deals with justice, in which the author explains the paradox at work in any set of … Continue reading

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