This book is the first English-language collection of essays by leading Camus scholars from around the world to focus on Albert Camus’ place and status as a philosopher amongst philosophers. After a thematic introduction, the dedicated chapters of Part 1 address Camus’ relations with leading philosophers, from the ancient Greeks to Jean-Paul Sartre (Augustine, Hume, Kant, Diderot, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Husserl, Hegel, Marx, Sartre). Part 2 contains pieces considering philosophical themes in Camus’ works, from the absurd in The Myth of Sisyphus to love in The First Man (the absurd, psychoanalysis, justice, Algeria, solidarity and solitude, revolution and revolt, art, asceticism, love).
Matthew Sharpe is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Deakin University, Australia. He is the author of Camus, Philosophe: To Return to Our Beginnings (Brill, 2015; paperback, 2016). Sharpe works at present on philosophy as a way of life, the philosophical bases of the re-emergent Far Right, and recovering the French Enlightenment philosophes.
Maciej Kałuża is a lecturer at Pedagogical University in Cracow and founder of the Polish Albert Camus Society. He authored two books focused on the philosophical complexities of the Camusian notions of the absurd and revolt (2016, 2017). He also edited the international collection From Absurd to Revolt. Dynamics in Albert Camus’ thought (2017).
Peter Francev is a lecturer at Victor Valley College in Victorville, California, where he teaches courses in literature and Albert Camus’ thought. He is president of the Albert Camus Society of the USA and editor of the Journal of Camus Studies. His other research interests include Phenomenology, Existentialism, and the poetry of Lord Byron.
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Notes on Contributors
Maciej Kałuża, Peter Francev and Matthew Sharpe
Part 1 Dialogues
1 Camus the Athenian: Philhellenism and Utopia in l’Homme révolté’s Relationship to Ancient Philosophy
2 “That Other North African”: Camus on Augustine and His Legacy
3 Camus and the History of Modern Western Philosophy
4 Modern Rebellion, before the Terror: Reading Diderot after Camus
5 Albert Camus and Soren Kierkegaard
6 Camus and Nietzsche: on the Slave Revolt in Morality
7 Strangers in the Philosophical Night: Camus and Dostoevsky
8 Camus and Husserl and the Phenomenologists
9 Camus and His Hegel(s)
10 Camus, Marxism and Communism
11 Sartre and Camus: a Much-Misunderstood Relationship
Part 2 Themes
12 The Absurd
13 Mensch to Übermensch: Asceticism and the Ascetic Ideal in A Happy Death and The Stranger
14 Camus and Psychoanalysis
Matthew H. Bowker
15 The Tension between Solitude and Solidarity
Sophie Bastien Translated by Jackson Doughart
16 Albert Camus on Revolt and Revolution
17 Camus, Justice and the Challenges of History
18 “Ma vraie patrie”: Camus and Algeria
19 Love, Ressentiment and Resistance: Albert Camus’ Phenomenology of Action
20 Hopeless Love: Camus and Le Premier Homme
Marguerite La Caze
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