Did Albert Camus, author of The Stranger, believe that life was meaningless?
Yes, but also no.
Camus was an existentialist, but he was also a part of a subset of existentialists called the absurdists.
The philosophy of existentialism relies on the thought that life is about creating your own meaning rather than accepting meaning from somewhere else, like tradition or authority. Of course, this leads to the conclusion that the meaning of life will be unique to each one of us and that it will always be subjective, rather than objectively true.
Absurdists like Camus take this a step further while straining the existentialist idea. The core nugget of the absurdist philosophy is that life has no inherent meaning but that existentialism still holds nevertheless: even though life is actually...
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