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Albert Camus' Critique of Modernity by Ronald D. Srigley

By Ronald D. Srigley

Nobel Prize winner Albert Camus’ contributions to political and cultural research make him probably the most vital writers of the 20th century. Camus’ writing has been seriously researched and analyzed in academia, with many students targeting the formal tri-part constitution he adhered to in his later paintings: the cycle that divided his books into levels of the absurd, uprising, and love. but different points of Camus’ work—his preoccupation with modernity and its organization with Christianity, his fixations on Greek idea and classical imagery—have been mostly overlooked via severe research. those matters of Camus’ have lengthy deserved severe research, and Ronald D. Srigley eventually will pay them due cognizance in Albert Camus’ Critique of Modernity.

The ordinary, chronological readings of Camus’ cycles understand them as uncomplicated advancement—the absurd is undesirable, uprising is healthier, and love is healthier of all. but the trouble with that standpoint, Srigley argues, is that it ignores the relationships among the cycles. because the cycles growth, faraway from denoting development, they describe stories that develop darker and extra violent.

Albert Camus’ Critique of Modernity additionally ventures into new interpretations of seminal works—The delusion ofSisyphus, The Rebel, and The Fall—that light up Camus’ critique of Christianity and modernity and his go back to the Greeks. The ebook explores how these texts relate to the cyclical constitution of Camus’ works and examines the restrictions of the undertaking of the cycles as Camus initially conceived it.

Albert Camus’ Critique of Modernity provides the decisive imaginative and prescient of that final venture: to critique Christianity, modernity, and the connection among them and likewise to revive the Greek knowledge that were eclipsed by way of either traditions. unlike a lot present scholarship, which translates Camus’ issues as glossy or perhaps postmodern, Srigley contends that Camus’ ambition ran within the wrong way of history—that his vital objective used to be to articulate the subjects of the ancients, highlighting Greek anthropology and political philosophy.

This publication follows the trajectory of Camus’ paintings, studying the constitution and content material of Camus’ writing via a brand new lens. This evaluation of Camus, in its new angle and point of view, opens up new avenues of analysis concerning the accomplishments of this fashionable thinker and invigorates Camus reviews. A completely sourced textual content, Albert Camus’ Critique of Modernity makes a beneficial source for research of existentialism, modernity, and glossy political thought.

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