By one of the most profoundly influential thinkers of our century, The Rebel is a classic essay on revolution For Albert Camus, the urge to revolt is one of the essential dimensions of human nature, manifested in man s timeless Promethean struggle against the conditions of his existence, as well as the popular uprisings against established orders throughout history AndBy one of the most profoundly influential thinkers of our century, The Rebel is a classic essay on revolution For Albert Camus, the urge to revolt is one of the essential dimensions of human nature, manifested in man s timeless Promethean struggle against the conditions of his existence, as well as the popular uprisings against established orders throughout history And yet, with an eye toward the French Revolution and its regicides and deicides, he shows how inevitably the course of revolution leads to tyranny As old regimes throughout the world collapse, The Rebel resonates as an ardent, eloquent, and supremely rational voice of conscience for our tumultuous times.Translated from the French by Anthony Bower.
The Rebel An Essay on Man in Revolt By one of the most profoundly influential thinkers of our century The Rebel is a classic essay on revolution For Albert Camus the urge to revolt is one of the essential dimensions of human nature m
As long as mankind has told stories, the topic of rebellion has been central Man s disobedience and the loss thereupon of Paradise , as well as Satan s rebellion against the oppressive authority of God in Heaven are the two main strands in Milton s classic Paradise Lost, to just name one of countless examples, summing up human experience in unforgettable drama.Camus analyses the topic from a philosophical and historical viewpoint, and gives a perfect example for his thesis on revolution and the [...]
.As soon as a man, through lack of character, takes refuge in doctrine, as soon as crime reasons about itself, it multiplies like reason itself and assumes all the aspects of the syllogism The purpose of this essay is once again to face the reality of the present, which is logical crime, and examine meticulously the arguments by which it is justified p 3 This can be very interesting if, like me, you abhor historical Sovietism and all that it has wrought I found that Sarah Bakewell s excellent ne [...]
Although I ve always been temperamentally skeptical of Utopias, I m thankful to Camus for completely inoculating me, as a 15 year old, against the various postures of chic revolt so common among the teenagers of bored, affluent nations There was no silk screened Che across my bosom Revolutions aren t secular versions of the Rapture, in which the bad government disappears, to be replaced by a new, good one Revolution is generally a social calamity, a nightmare of inhumanity one regime dissolves, [...]
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Camus makes me think He is the author who has the power to steer my thoughts, along the line of his beliefs He is dead If he were alive, I am sure he would have supported the readers movement against the irrational outlook of GR administration as regarding the freedom of readers to express their views He would have hailed their rebellion and joined in to support, because I am sure he understood that all readers have their own opinions He wouldn t be bothered by criticism.As the choreographer, Ma [...]
Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present.
Lucifer has also died with God, and from his ashes has risen a spiteful demon who does not even understand the object of his venture In 1953, excess is always a comfort, and sometimes a career.My second reading of Camus most divisive and controversial book, The Rebel, achieved something than the first, perhaps over fifteen years ago I had not read The Brothers Karamazov then, nor The Devils or Camus for stage adaptation of The Devils The Possessed, nor Camus play, The Just and, in particular, t [...]
The Rebel is the longest and at some points most difficult essay I ve ever read I think the title of the book itself is enough attractive for both Camus fans and other readers to choose this book But who is a rebel A rebel is someone who says no to a master He was a slave, a labor, perhaps a mechanical iron man built by bolts and nuts who did whatever he was said to do But the moment he rises and rebels he feels the stream of blood in his veins He feels he s alive Despite this alive and fresh ch [...]
Although Camus is remembered as a literary author than a philosopher, I think this work is fantastic It s influenced me and my thinking than any other author apart from perhaps Nietzsche and George Steiner Because Camus is such a wonderful author it is also not a particularely difficult read, as opposed to, say, Sartre s philosophical works I do like Being and Nothingness, but he s really overdoing it , which makes it accessible for those who have not been educated in philosophy as well The su [...]
I must confess that I didn t find much that was especially insightful in Camus account of rebellion, revolution, and nihilism here while reading it, but now that I look back on it, I see that he actually has much to say and that much of it is worthwhile.Camus begins by defining the rebel as one who affirms by negating, who says yes in saying no one who decries absolute freedom in establishing limits to acceptable behavior He thus immediately counterposes the rebel with the nihilist, who, in deny [...]
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Oh wow, that was an exciting trip I feel like I ve just spent the last few weeks driving at high speed through the desert in an unsuitable vehicle.I got lost a few times, misplaced my map, ran out of water and my vehicle broke down almost every day sometimes I feared that I d never find my way out of the wilderness or to the end of the chapter There were some frightening experiences, a bumpy ride I feel mentally beaten up and occasional views of the big picture beautiful, breathtaking, scary an [...]
Interesting book, though I also found it challenging to read I don t know nearly enough about French literature or philosophy But the basic question he asks is extremely relevant We hate injustice, and intuitively it seems clearly right to revolt against unjust authority So why does it nearly always go so wrong when we do so, and end up with an even worse injustice
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In The Rebel, Albert Camus, the master of existentialism, analyzed the spirit of rebellion from the French Revolution to the Russian Revolution The Jacobins, rebelled against King and God and by making their principles divine, introduced the Reign of Terror Nihilism went further and eliminated absolute principles and its rise during the second half of the nineteenth century created terrorists who renounced virtue and principles and who rebelled against reality and history by destroying them From [...]
I admit when I first picked up The Rebel in this artful Penguin edition, I was picturing beatniks with berets and cigarettes contesting over existentialist espressos about the absurdity of man and the imperative to resist Instead I found myself pounding through pages of difficult, beautifully phrased polemic, never quite sure what was being argued for or against It s not so much that Camus meanders as that he seems to take a very long, philosophical historical route to reach the most obvious con [...]
You know those kinds of books which you read amid the din of everyday life and you eventually finish while the whole time you realize that so much has gone past, gone by, that you can only feel the whoosh of wisdom, ideas and reflections going right over your head That s sort of how I feel about this book It s the sort of feeling when you are reading or less the way you usually do a lot of attention here, too little attention there and all the while you just know in your bones that you re going [...]
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Skip the 150 pages in the middle of the book Just read the beginning and the end The background and history is long winded and irrelevant, but the takeaways are golden.Here s what I got from it The next great war is that between the artists and the conquerors We don t know who will win, we just know that one of them will win The problem with conquerors is that they can destroy, but they can t create The problem with artists is that they can create, but they can t destroy The victor, or the real [...]
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If we believe in nothing, if nothing has any meaning and if we can affirm no values whatsoever, then everything is possible and nothing has any importanceAnother AMAZING book I can t describe the happiness I experienced while reading this masterpiece MINDBLOWING When I read Camus, I feel that he knows exactly what he s talking about He doesn t miss a thing The reader starts with an essential question Who is the rebel And ends with an incredibly perfect understanding.Camus is not JUST a writer HE [...]
On page 303 of Albert Camus s windy, long form essay on the nature of rebellion, the failures of religion, Nihilism and Marxism, he approaches the point Man can master in himself everything that should be mastered He should rectify in creation everything that can be rectified And after he has done so, children will still die unjustly even in a perfect society Even by his greatest effort man can only propose to diminish arithmetically the sufferings of the world But the injustice and the sufferin [...]