The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus

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Explain the "Myth of Sisyphus."

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Camus uses the Greek myth of Sisyphus to develop his concerns about man's absurd condition in the universe. We need to understand the word "absurd" as "out of harmony." In Camus' thought, man is out of harmony with the world in which he lives and with himself. By exploring several philosophical theories, such as the ones posited by Heidegger, Kierkegaard, and others, he broaches the one question of philosophy that, in his opinion, matters the most.

Though not plainly asked, Camus' question points to whether man's realization of absurdity should lead to suicide. After careful discussion of various authors and a most interesting reinterpretation of the...

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