Albert Camus The Myth Of Sisyphus

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Albert Camus wrote a paper called The Myth of Sisyphus. His main concern of The Myth of Sisyphus is what he calls "the absurd." He claims that there is a fundamental conflict between what people want from the universe, whether it be meaning, order, or reasons, and what we find in the universe, which is formless chaos. He believes that people will never find the meaning in life, or at least the meaning they were hoping to find. People will either discover that the meaning to our existence is by taking a leap of faith, by putting their hopes in a power beyond this world, or people will conclude that life is meaningless. Camus starts by asking if the latter conclusion, that life is meaningless, is true, then it might possibly lead …show more content…

"The absurd" as he calls it, is a contradiction that cannot be harmonized, and anyone that attempts to are only attempting to escape from it. Like he says, facing the absurd is struggling against it. Camus claims that existentialist philosophers and phenomenologists. They all confront the contradiction known as the absurd but, then they try to escape from it. On the other hand, existentialists do not find meaning or order in existence and then they will attempt to find some sort of meaning in the very meaninglessness. Living with the absurd is a matter of facing the fundamental contradiction and maintaining constant awareness of it. Living a life that has no meaning does not make suicide and option, but, it allows people to live life to its fullest. He identified three characteristics of the absurd life: revolt, where people shouldn't accept any answer or option during their struggle, freedom, where people are completely free to think and act however they want to, and passion, how people have to follow a life full of exciting and different experiences. He also gave four examples of the absurd life: the seducer, someone who pursues the passions of the moment; the actor, the person that compresses the passions of hundreds of lives into a stage career; the conqueror, or rebel, are those people whose political struggle

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