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Albert Camus as Political Thinker : Nihilisms and the Politics of Contempt - Samantha Novello

Albert Camus as Political Thinker

Nihilisms and the Politics of Contempt

Hardcover Published: 13th October 2010
ISBN: 9780230240988
Number Of Pages: 193

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This intense `genealogical' reconstruction of Albert Camus's political thinking challenges the philosophical import of his writings as providing an alternative, `aesthetic' way of thinking political action outside and against the nihilistic categories of modern political philosophy. Samantha Novello focuses on the problem of radical nihilism as a crucial political question and the red thread of Camus's reflection from his early works to his speech for acceptance upon the Award of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Based on the most rigorous and updated edition of his complete works in the new Bibliotheque de la Pleiade (Gallimard), the book discusses all the key concepts of Camus's thinking, including the absurd, revolt, and freedom, in the light of contemporary political theory and as part of his personal/original `aesthetic' point of view on twentieth-century politics of contempt and terrorisms.

Acknowledgementsp. viii
Note on the Texts and Abbreviationsp. ix
Introduction: An 'Untimely' Political Thought for Serious Timesp. 1
The Twentieth-Century Politics of Contemptp. 10
'Undisguised influences'p. 19
Tragic Beginningsp. 33
Mystic 'communion' with naturep. 38
An Artist's Point of Viewp. 58
Rethinking participation beyond political 'romanticism'p. 63
A stranger to the world of ressentimentp. 71
Commencement of Freedomp. 81
Sisyphus or happiness in Hellp. 86
Nothing is possible, everything is permittedp. 92
The Absurd and Powerp. 109
Combat with nihilismp. 122
Between Sade and the Dandy. Conclusionp. 131
Notesp. 148
Bibliographyp. 174
Indexp. 186
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ISBN: 9780230240988
ISBN-10: 0230240984
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 193
Published: 13th October 2010
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.48  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1