Kierkegaard and Camus: either/or? [Book Review]

Daniel Berthold
Bard College
The philosophies of Søren Kierkegaard and Albert Camus have typically been considered as inverted images of each other. Kierkegaard turns to faith in God as a path of redemption from meaninglessness while Camus rejects faith as a form of intellectual suicide and cowardice. I argue that an analysis of key terms of contest—faith and lucidity, revolt and suicide, Abraham and Sisyphus, despair and its overcoming—serves to blur the lines of contrast, making Kierkegaard and Camus much closer in their views of what sort of life we should live in face of the forsakenness of our condition than they seem at first glance
Keywords Kierkegaard  Camus  Faith  Atheism  Forsakenness
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DOI 10.1007/s11153-013-9400-y
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The Sickness Unto Death.Søen Kierkegaard & Walter Lowrie - 1941 - Princeton University Press.
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