The Myth of Sisyphus

by: Albert Camus

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If the absurd man does not need to explain or justify his life and behavior, why did Camus write this essay, which is, essentially, an explanation and justification of the absurd worldview? Perhaps such a book, though paradoxical, is necessary to make his position clear. It seems, in the end, less of a reasoned argument from certain premises, and more an elaborate attempt to provide some sort of intellectual framework for a particular way of life. We cannot be certain what Camus would say to these suggestions, because he never addresses them in the essay. We might conclude that Camus is less of a philosopher and more of a religious philosopher. He combats religious faith not with philosophical reasoning, but with a kind of negative faith, a determination not to find any answers to the great questions of life.

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