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Beyond Nihilism, Camus

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  • C. S. Wyatt
    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
    Message 1 of 2 , Oct 1, 2003
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      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
    • Mary Jo Malo
      C.S., Yes, that s one of my favorites. My humble paperback edition is still in relatively great shape. The Rebel sits on my desk. I think the realistic
      Message 2 of 2 , Oct 1, 2003
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        C.S.,

        Yes, that's one of my favorites. My humble paperback edition is still
        in relatively great shape. The Rebel sits on my desk. I think the
        realistic expression is here that it is useless to hope that this
        desire will dictate ALL his actions. It will certainly dictate many.
        As far as I'm concerned, in a perfect society children will not die
        unjustly, but I understand his statement in context. Forward . . .

        Jo

        --- In existlist@yahoogroups.com, "C. S. Wyatt" <existlist1@t...>
        wrote:
        > 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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