The Great Depression By Albert Camus

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Albert Camus was a philosopher who was born in Algeria on November 7, 1913. His writings, like so many others, were impacted by the Great Depression, the rise of National Socialism and Communism, and the destruction of, and reconstruction after World War II. He contributed multiple works as part of the “Continental” philosophy tradition of mainland Europe. Major works include The Rebel, The Stranger and most recognized The Myth of Sisyphus. He died in France in 1960, in a car accident while writing his final masterpiece - an early example of the dangers of texting and driving.
Camus’ views helped in contributing to the rise of Absurdism and was also recognised as a key contributor to Atheist Existentialism. He is often labeled with other Existential philosophers including: inheriting from the foundational works of Kierkegaard and Kafka, whose Metamorphosis can be seen as an excellent example of absurdity; Martin Heidegger, who like Camus rejected being called existentialist, though Heidegger’s association with the Nazis probably was a more problematic label; but most importantly, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Sartre’s lover and philosophical peer, Simone de Beauvoir.
Camus, Sartre and de Beauvoir were friends and associates, specifically when working together on Sartre’s Le Temp Modernes, or Modern Times, a periodical that was foundational for many of Continental Europe’s philosophical writings from 1945 to the present day.
Looking at Camus with Sartre is an interesting…

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