Making Sisyphus Smile: Camus’ Absurdity in 2017

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Session: 

  • Session A: July 10 - July 22, 2017
  • Session B: July 24 - August 5, 2017

Time: 

  • 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Category: 

  • Philosophy and Society

Instructor: 

  • Trask Roberts
Description: 

This class will focus on Albert Camus' long essay, "The Myth of Sisyphus," in which he lays out his philosophy of the absurd. Students will read Justin O’Brian’s English translation of the essay. Over the course of two weeks, students will read selections from this essay as well as excerpts from writings of Camus’ contemporaries. Through these texts, students will consider how thinkers in France during the second World War and its immediate aftermath asked how to best live in trying times. Ultimately we will consider what the implications of Camus’ philosophy of the absurd might be on our current situation in the US. This course will afford students an introduction to reading philosophical texts as well as a primer on French existentialism.

The goal of this module is to initiate students in the reading of philosophical writings and in engaging thoughtfully with them. Students will identify the questions they find most pertinent to their reading and lives and direct discussion of their peers on them. At the end of the module students will be able to discuss Camus’ philosophy of the absurd and be able to situate it within a larger existentialist context.

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