We will never find in life itself the meaning that we want to find. Either we will discover that meaning through a leap of faith, by placing our hopes in a God beyond this world, or we will conclude that life is meaningless. Camus opens the essay by asking if this latter conclusion that life is meaningless necessarily leads one to commit suicide.
The essay is dedicated to Pascal Pia and is organized in four chapters and one appendix.
An Absurd Reasoning[ edit ] Camus undertakes the task of answering what he considers to be the only question of philosophy that matters: Does the realization of the meaninglessness and absurdity of life necessarily require suicide? He begins by describing the absurd condition: Science can only describe existence, it cannot explain why there is existence or what its meaning or purpose is, as Spinoza among others believed it would one day be able to.
Yet humans need meaning, even though it appears there is no meaning to be found. Much of life is characterised by such absurd paradoxes: Science professes a sensible explanation of the world, but ends in fantastic stories of microscopic galaxies of atoms that cannot be seen.
This is the absurd condition and "from the moment absurdity is recognized, it becomes a passion, the most harrowing of all. All of these, he claims, commit "philosophical suicide" by reaching conclusions that contradict the original absurd position, either by abandoning reason and turning to God, as in the case of Kierkegaard and Shestov, or by elevating reason and ultimately arriving at ubiquitous Platonic forms and an abstract god, as in the case of Husserl.
For Camus, who set out to take the absurd seriously and follow it to its final conclusions, these "leaps" cannot convince. Taking the absurd seriously means acknowledging the contradiction between the desire of human reason and the unreasonable world.
Suicide, then, also must be rejected: The contradiction must be lived; reason and its limits must be acknowledged, without false hope.
However, the absurd can never be accepted: While the question of human freedom in the metaphysical sense loses interest to the absurd man, he gains freedom in a very concrete sense: To embrace the absurd implies embracing all that the unreasonable world has to offer.
Without a meaning in life, there is no scale of values. The Absurd Man[ edit ] Camus then goes on to present examples of the absurd life. He begins with Don Juanthe serial seducer who lives the passionate life to the fullest. He chooses action over contemplation, aware of the fact that nothing can last and no victory is final.
Absurd Creation[ edit ] Here Camus explores the absurd creator or artist. Since explanation is impossible, absurd art is restricted to a description of the myriad experiences in the world.
All these works start from the absurd position, and the first two explore the theme of philosophical suicide. However, both The Diary and his last novel, The Brothers Karamazov, ultimately find a path to hope and faith and thus fail as truly absurd creations. Sisyphus by TitianChapter 4: The Myth of Sisyphus[ edit ] In the last chapter, Camus outlines the legend of Sisyphus who defied the gods and put Death in chains so that no human needed to die.
When Death was eventually liberated and it came time for Sisyphus himself to die, he concocted a deceit which let him escape from the underworld.
After finally capturing Sisyphus, the gods decided on his punishment for all eternity. He would have to push a rock up a mountain; upon reaching the top, the rock would roll down again, leaving Sisyphus to start over.
Camus sees Sisyphus as the absurd hero who lives life to the fullest, hates death, and is condemned to a meaningless task. After the stone falls back down the mountain Camus states that "It is during that return, that pause, that Sisyphus interests me.
A face that toils so close to stones is already stone itself!The Myth of Sisyphus is a collection of essays that Albert Camus spent about twenty years writing. The goal of these essays is to discover freedom from ideology and how to live life with the fullest meaning.
“The Myth of Sisyphus,” the first essay, delves into these themes explored through the collection in the abstract through a philosophical approach. Albert Camus' essay, 'The Myth Of Sisyphus' is an insightful analysis of the classic work, 'The Myth Of Sisyphus'. In some regards Camus' view of Sisyphus can seem quite accurate and in tune with the original text, but based on Camus' interpretation of the justness of Sisyphus' punishment, it is clear that the writer has some different ideas as well.
The Myth of Sisyphus (French: Le Mythe de Sisyphe) is a philosophical essay by Albert Camus. The English translation by Justin O'Brien was first published in The English translation by Justin O'Brien was first published in Camus's The Myth of Sisyphus: Meaning and Interpretation Albert Camus's Myth of Sisyphus is a philosophical writing based on a Greek Myth of Sisyphus.
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