This book is an attempt to read the totality of Camus's oeuvre as a voyage, in which Camus approaches the fundamental questions of human existence: What is the meaning of life? Can ultimate values be grounded without metaphysical presuppositions? Can the pain of the other penetrate the thick shield of human narcissism and self-interest? Solipsism and solidarity are among the destinations Camus reaches in the course of this journey. This book is a new reading of one of the towering humanists of the twentieth century, and sheds new light on his spiritual world.
Professor Avi Sagi teaches general and Jewish philosophy in the Department of Philosophy, Bar Ilan University, Israel. He is the founder and director of a graduate program of Hermeneutics at the university. He is also a senior research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. Sagi has published many books and articles in several areas: continental philosophy, philosophy of religion and ethics, current Jewish philosophy, philosophy and sociology of Jewish law. Among his books: Religion and Morality (with Daniel Statman); Judaism: Between Religion and Morality; Conversion and Jewish Identity (with Zvi Zohar); "Elu va-Elu": A Study on the Meaning of Halakhic Discourse; Multiculturalism in a Democratic and Jewish State (with Menachem Mautner and Ronen Shamir); Kierkegaard, Religion, and Existence: The Voyage of the Self.
Foreword Introduction ONE From Safety to Alienation: The Sources of Absurd Philosophy TWO Camus as a Personal Thinker THREE A Philosophy of Sea and Sun FOUR The Absurd: Method or Conclusion FIVE The Absurd: Datum and Concept SIX The Absurd: Between Rationalism and Rationality SEVEN Contending with the Absurd: Between Rejection and Endorsement EIGHT From Alienation to Absurd: The Outsider and The Myth of Sisyphus NINE The Absurd and the Problem of Values: Caligula and Letters to a German Friend TEN The Transition from The Myth of Sisyphus to The Rebel ELEVEN Rebellion, Solidarity, and Self-Consciousness TWELVE The Fall: Consciousness, Freedom, and Responsibility THIRTEEN Religiosity and Religious Criticism in Camus's Thought FOURTEEN Between an Ethics of Compassion and an Ethics of Justice FIFTEEN Summary: "My Life Is What I Have Made It" Works Cited About the Author Index