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The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt Paperback – January 1, 1992
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"Camus's book is one of the extremely few that express the contemporary hour...yet profoundly transcend it." -- New Republic
Original Language: French
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It has been ignored, from what I can gather, because it is a philosophical work in which Camus pulls no punches and examines thoroughly why the excessive crime and violence of our era exist. Camus explains how, in both philosophy and politics, the reigning attitude has been one of nihilism for the past two centuries. This nihilism, being necessarily without an aim, leads to dictatorship and gross amounts of suffering for humans, no matter what principles it claims on the surface. Camus systematically destroys those who have used the philosophies of Hegel, Nietzsche, Marx, surrealism, u.s.w., to justify their murderous plots.
Camus proposes that instead of nihilism and murder, we take to heart the ancient concepts of moderation and responsibility. Camus' destruction of modern governents and his proposals of these ancient ideas seem to have made this book unpopular. In this era of oppression, it is easy to ignore what offends us or makes us think. Camus gives the reader no choice. He must either raise a defiant fist to the giants of power, or he must give way to these minds that are utterly without scruples. I admire Camus deeply because of this--he has summed up the ideas I have been carrying around for years--but some will be deeply hurt by his comments. I leave you with a final thought: everyone is partly to blame for the state of the present and the future. You have the choice to make it either good or bad.
The Rebel is both an introduction of new ideas and a history of previous ideas and events: Camus' scholarship is unbelievable in the area of revolt. It spans from early greek history and earlier all the way through to the French Revolution and beyond.
I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone concerned with spiritual, historical, or any kind of rebellion - and really to anyone who concerns themself over the human condition.
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If your like me...and if this modern time and age we live in is building your hunger and thirst for Real Concrete Knowledge at a frightening Pace...... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Marcus David Baca
For anyone who wants to look into the holistic aspects of being in revolt and revolution, Albert Camus does an amazing job of taking the reader on a journey into the various forms... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Josie Poetess
"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 importance.”Published 4 months ago by Logan Blanc
Was sent from the UK and when I took it to class the translation was completely different from what the rest of the class hadPublished 5 months ago by Mercedes Mendez
Not a book but a testament. Herbert Read: "With the publication of this book a cloud that has oppressed the European mind for more than a century begins to lift. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Chadwick Henley Essex