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22517Beyond Nihilism, Camus

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  • C. S. Wyatt
    Oct 1, 2003
      Children will still die unjustly even in a perfect society. Even by
      his greatest effort, man can only propose to diminish, arithmetically,
      the sufferings of the world.

      Albert Camus "Beyond Nihilism," pt. 5, The Rebel (1951, trans. 1953).

      In the end... it's about trying to make minor improvements in the
      world. And, as Camus wrote in "Reflections," mankind is chaotic: Man
      wants to live, but it is useless to hope that this desire will dictate
      all his actions.

      From the Introduction of Camus to the Nobel Academy:

      >> Personally Camus has moved far beyond nihilism. His serious,
      austere meditations on the duty of restoring without respite that
      which has been ravaged, and of making justice possible in an unjust
      world, rather make him a humanist who has not forgotten the worship of
      Greek proportion and beauty as they were once revealed to him in the
      dazzling summer light on the Mediterranean shore at Tipasa.

      During his presentation, Camus noted how his beliefs had evolved from
      an earlier Nihilism toward a general humanism and democratic socialism.

      I hope to have much of this posted to the Web site sometime next year.
      this year, I am rushing to complete several other projects. I have
      been haunting used bookstores throughout the state looking for
      out-of-print biographies and lectures.

      (I just located a number of Simone de Beauvoir lectures and
      biographies from French publishers.)

      Camus was more honest with himself, I think, than Sartre was and more
      willing to confront political paradoxes than Beauvoir. Unfortunately,
      it is more difficult to locate his lectures and speaking notes in
      print. Magazine interviews are more difficult.

      I wish for many more years to research and write on Camus, but my own
      works (selfishly *LOL*) dominate my efforts lately. My scripts and
      editing just seem more pressing at the moment... my own short-term legacy.

      - CSW
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