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Re: Beyond Nihilism, Camus

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  • 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
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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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