Coming Back to the Absurd: Albert Camus’s The Myth of Sisyphus: 80 Years On

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This collection of essays from some of the world's leading Camus scholars is a celebration of the enduring significance and impact of Albert Camus's first philosophical essay The Myth of Sisyphus. Coming Back to the Absurd examines Camus's unique contribution to philosophy through The Myth since its publication. The essays within are intended to engage students and scholars of existentialism, phenomenology and the history of philosophy, as well as those simply seeking greater understanding of one of the most influential philosophers and philosophical constructs of the twentieth century. In revisiting The Myth, the authors hope to inspire a new generation of Camus scholars.

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Peter Francev (Ph.D., University of Leicester) is currently the English Department Chairperson and Senior Lecturer at Victor Valley College in Victorville, California, where he teaches courses in literature and philosophy. In addition to his teaching duties, he is a Joint President of the Albert Camus Society and the editor of the Journal of Camus Studies.

Maciej Kałuża (Ph.D., Jagiellonian University) is Lecturer at Cracow University of Economics. He is the author of two books on Camus’s philosophy and co-editor of two collections of essays: From the Absurd to Revolt: Dynamics in Albert Camus's Thought (Jagiellonian University Press, 2017) and Brill's Companion to Camus: Camus among the Philosophers (Brill, 2020). He is the founder and President of the Polish Albert Camus Society and on the editorial board of the Journal of Camus Studies.
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Introduction

1  Sickness, Heartache, Punishment, and War: Lessons on the Absurd, or Birth of an Ethic
  Meaghan Emery

2 The Myth of Sisyphus, the Absurd, and the Question of Empathy
  Peter Francev

3 Benjamin Fondane and Albert Camus: Reason and the Absurd
  Bruce Baugh

4 Revolt, Absurdity, and the Artist as Sisyphus
  Kimberly Baltzer-Jaray

5 The Metaphorical Language of the Absurd
  Sophie Bastien

6 Why Did the Stranger Kill the Arab? A Study in the Absurdity of Moral Motivation
  George Heffernan

7 The Blood that Trickles from the Gospels Is the Color of Printers’ Ink: The Relationship between Religious Texts and the Absurd
  Eric B. Berg

8 Unlikely Heroism: Sisyphus, Camus, and the Absurd Posture
  Matthew Bowker

9 Explanation and the Unreasonable Silence of the World
  Craig DeLancey

10 Sisyphus in Hell: The Absurd Thought against (New) Fascism
  Samantha Novello

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The collection is aimed at upper-division undergraduate students, post-graduate students and scholars in existentialism, phenomenology and the history of philosophy.
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