Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus

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The Myth of Sisyphus is a philosophical essay by Albert Camus. It comprises about 120 pages and was published originally in 1942 in French as Le Mythe de Sisyphe; the English translation by Justin O'Brien followed in 1955.

In the essay, Camus introduces his philosophy of the absurd: man's futile search for meaning, unity and clarity in the face of an unintelligible world devoid of God and eternal truths or values. Does the realization of the absurd require suicide? Camus answers: "No. It requires revolt." He then outlines several approaches to the absurd life. The final chapter compares the absurdity of man's life with the situation of Sisyphus, a figure of Greek mythology who was condemned to repeat forever the same meaningless task of pushing a rock up a mountain, only to see it roll down again. The essay concludes, "The struggle itself...is enough to fill a man's heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy."

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7 comments:

  1. Thank you! ive been looking for this one for a while, they dont have it in my local library

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    1. Warning, as I have clicked the link above and it is not working, the e-book is not there. Fortunately, I have some free time earlier and searched for the real and complete ebook and thought of sharing it here!


      CLICK THIS LINK TO DOWNLOAD THE FULL ebook

      CLICK THIS LINK TO DOWNLOAD THE FULL ebook


      Hope I brightened your day up!



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  2. Thank you very much!

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  3. Hi, it's been for a long time that I've been looking for this Ebook and unfortunately now that I've found it the link is expired. Could you please make it available again?
    Many thanks!

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  4. Are there not moments when life seems inherently meaningful - when meaning seems to be immanent to life? Moments when we feel the hard shell of our deathly individuality rupture and we feel our community with others? And isn't it because of these brief moments of bliss that we can judge the terrible system that has sprung up historically in our midst - judge it to be meaningless, inhuman?

    There is no hope for a more meaningful existence without some radical intervention in the New World Order. Just learning to roll our stone up the hill again without killing ourselves with drink every evening won't lead anywhere.

    I am now going to click your Zizek link and see where that leads.

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