Philosophy Research Archives 11:209-223 (1985)

Abstract
Camus’ central thesis in The Myth of Sisyphus is that suicide is not the proper response to, nor is it the solution of, the problem of absurdity. Yet many of his literary protagonists either commit suicide or are self-destructive in other ways. I argue that the protagonists that best live up to the characteristics of the absurd man that Camus outlines in the Myth uniformly either commit suicide or consent to their destruction by behaving in such a manner as to invite death. It is my contention that this raises serious questions abuut the validity of Camus’ arguments that suicide is not the proper response to the recognition that life is absurd
Keywords Contemporary Philosophy  History of Philosophy
Categories (categorize this paper)
ISBN(s) 0164-0771
DOI 10.5840/pra19851112
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 54,385
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Kierkegaard and Camus: Either/Or? [REVIEW]Daniel Berthold - 2013 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 73 (2):137-150.
What is It to Commit Suicide?Daniel J. Hill - 2011 - Ratio 24 (2):192-205.
The Concept of Rational Suicide.David J. Mayo - 1986 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 11 (2):143-155.
A Logical Redeemer: Kirillov in Dostoevsky’s 'Demons'.Derek Allan - 2014 - Journal of European Studies 44 (2).
Teaching and Learning About Suicide.Harold Weiss - 2009 - Teaching Philosophy 32 (1):41-51.
Suicide is Neither Rational nor Irrational.Christopher Cowley - 2006 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 9 (5):495 - 504.
Suicide Coverage in Newspapers: An Ethical Consideration.Elizabeth B. Ziesenis - 1991 - Journal of Mass Media Ethics 6 (4):234 – 244.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2011-12-02

Total views
134 ( #69,579 of 2,362,031 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
4 ( #201,604 of 2,362,031 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes