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CamusUnlike Sartre, Camus persistently denies being an existentialist, what's your take?

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I have to side with #4. The answer to this question lies in a successful understanding of the differences between absurdism and existentialism which are two terms that are often confused or considered to be synonymous. Camus is definitely an absurdist author, but I think there is a sufficient case to argue that he was not existentialist as he maintained. Of course, this remains a heated discussion point.

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While absurdism may be subsumed under existentialism, existentialism isn't necessarily a part of absurdism. Camus definitely felt the absurdism of the world but rejected early twentieth century tendencies of negativistic reactions to the absurd universe. Some negativistic...

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