Albert Camus: From the Absurd to Revolt

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Adopting an interdisciplinary approach that encompasses philosophy, literature, politics, and history, John Foley examines the full breadth of Camus' ideas to provide a rigorous guide to his political and philosophical thought, making a significant contribution to current debates in Camus research. Foley argues that Camus' thought can best be understood through analysis of the concepts of "the absurd" and "revolt" and the relationship between them. The book includes a detailed discussion of Camus' writings for the newspaper Combat, a systematic analysis of the discussion of the moral legitimacy of political violence and terrorism, a reassessment of the prevailing postcolonial critique of Camus' humanism, and a sustained analysis of Camus' most commonly neglected work, L'Homme révolté (The Rebel). Written with sufficient detail and clarity to satisfy both academic and student audiences, Albert Camus: From the Absurd to Revolt is an important discussion and defence of Camus' philosophical thought.

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John Foley is a postdoctoral fellow at the National University of Ireland, Galway.


"A masterful job of research and analysis, beautifully incorporating the full range of Camus' writings." David Sprintzen, Long Island University, and author of Camus: A Critical Examination "Among the vast array of existing Camus scholarship I have never read a more thorough presentation or judicious defense of Camus' work than this." David Carroll, University of California, Irvine and author of Albert Camus the Algerian

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