Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, encompassing philosophy, literature, politics and history, John Foley examines the full breadth of Camus' ideas to provide a comprehensive and rigorous study of his political and philosophical thought and a significant contribution to a range of debates current in Camus research. Foley argues that the coherence of Camus' thought can best be understood through a thorough understanding of the concepts of 'the absurd' and 'revolt' as well as the relation between them. This book includes a detailed discussion of Camus' writings for the newspaper "Combat", a systematic analysis of Camus' 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 important and frequently neglected work, "L'Homme revolte" (The Rebel).
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Acknowledgements Notes on the text and abbreviations Introduction 1. The Absurd 2. Camus and Combat 3. The Rebel 4. Camus and Political Violence 5. Camus and Sartre 6. Camus and Algeria Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index
"Foley's book is well placed among recent contributions to Camus scholarship to further our understanding of how indisputably relevant and valuable Camus's thought and commitments are today." – Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
"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, author of Albert Camus the Algerian
"A masterful job of research and analysis, beautifully incorporating the full range of Camus' writings." – David Sprintzen, Long Island University, author of Camus: A Critical Examination