Albert Camus' Critique of Modernity (Hardback)
  • Albert Camus' Critique of Modernity (Hardback)
zoom

Albert Camus' Critique of Modernity (Hardback)

(author)
£64.95
Hardback 208 Pages / Published: 30/05/2011
  • Publisher out of stock

Currently unavailable to order

This product is currently unavailable.

  • This item has been added to your basket

Nobel Prize winner Albert Camus' contributions to political and cultural analysis make him one of the most important writers of the twentieth century. Camus' writing has been heavily researched and analyzed in academia, with many scholars concentrating on the formal tri-part structure he adhered to in his later work: the cycle that divided his books into stages of the absurd, rebellion, and love. Yet other aspects of Camus' work--his preoccupation with modernity and its association with Christianity, his fixations on Greek thought and classical imagery--have been largely neglected by critical study. These subjects of Camus' have long deserved critical analysis, and Ronald D. Srigley finally pays them due attention in Albert Camus' Critique of Modernity.

The straightforward, chronological readings of Camus' cycles perceive them as simple advancement--the absurd is bad, rebellion is better, and love is best of all. Yet the difficulty with that perspective, Srigley argues, is that it ignores the relationships between the cycles. As the cycles progress, far from denoting improvement, they describe experiences that grow darker and more violent.

Albert Camus' Critique of Modernity also ventures into new interpretations of seminal works--The Myth ofSisyphus, The Rebel, and The Fall--that illuminate Camus' critique of Christianity and modernity and his return to the Greeks. The book explores how those texts relate to the cyclical structure of Camus' works and examines the limitations of the project of the cycles as Camus originally conceived it.

Albert Camus' Critique of Modernity presents the decisive vision of that ultimate project: to critique Christianity, modernity, and the relationship between them and also to restore the Greek wisdom that had been eclipsed by both traditions. In contrast to much current scholarship, which interprets Camus' concerns as modern or even postmodern, Srigley contends that Camus' ambition ran in the opposite direction of history--that his principal aim was to articulate the themes of the ancients, highlighting Greek anthropology and political philosophy.

This book follows the trajectory of Camus' work, examining the structure and content of Camus' writing through a new lens. This assessment of Camus, in its unique approach and perspective, opens up new avenues of research regarding the accomplishments of this prominent philosopher and invigorates Camus studies. A thoroughly sourced text, Albert Camus' Critique of Modernity makes a valuable resource for study of existentialism, modernity, and modern political thought.

Publisher: University of Missouri Press
ISBN: 9780826219244
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 560 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm

You may also be interested in...

On the Shortness of Life
Added to basket
£4.99
Paperback
Meditations
Added to basket
£7.99   £5.99
Paperback
How the World Thinks
Added to basket
£20.00   £18.00
Hardback
How To Think
Added to basket
£7.99   £5.99
Paperback
The Order of Time
Added to basket
£12.99
Hardback
Enlightenment Now
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Beyond Good and Evil
Added to basket
I Am Dynamite!
Added to basket
£25.00
Hardback
12 Rules for Life
Added to basket
£20.00   £16.00
Hardback
The Myth of Sisyphus
Added to basket
Silence
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Wabi Sabi
Added to basket
£12.99
Hardback
The Little Book of Ikigai
Added to basket
The Tipping Point
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
The Daily Stoic
Added to basket
£10.99   £7.99
Paperback

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.