The Major Essays of Albert Camus ( 2nd 7 Weeks)
F 2017


The Algerian-born, French writer, Albert Camus (1913-60), was a prolific journalist, novelist, playwright, and essayist.  His influence on post-World War II culture was enormous.  His major philosophical essays, The Myth of Sisyphus (1942) and The Rebel (1951), are  significant commentaries on the human condition.  They were written in the midst of one of the most turbulent and disturbing decades in human history, a decade of total world war, genocide, nuclear weapons, decolonization, and cold war.  In The Myth of Sisyphus, Camus deliberates on the nature of the absurd.  In The Rebel, he meditates on rebellion and revolution.  In this sdg, we will discuss Camus' humanist existentialism and his thoughts about suicide, God, justice, and crime.

Weekly Topics

Weeks 1-3:  The Myth of Sisyphus

Weeks 4-7:  The Rebel 


Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus (Vintage paperback)

Albert Camus, The Rebel (Vintage paperback)