The Myth of Sisyphus

The Myth of Sisyphus

"The myth of Sisyphus symbolizes the archetypal process of becoming without the consolation of absolute achievement.

Author: Elliott M. Simon

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 0838641164

Category: History

Page: 614

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"The myth of Sisyphus symbolizes the archetypal process of becoming without the consolation of absolute achievement. It is both a poignant reflection of the human condition and a prominent framing text for classical, medieval, and renaissance theories of human perfectibility. In this unique reading of the myth through classical philosophies, pagan and Christian religious doctrines, and medieval and renaissance literature, we see Sisyphus, "the most cunning of human beings," attempting to transcend his imperfections empowered by his imagination to renew his faith in the infinite potentialities of human excellence."--BOOK JACKET.
Categories: History

The Myth of Sisyphus

The Myth of Sisyphus

One of the most influential works of this century, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays is a crucial exposition of existentialist thought.

Author: Albert Camus

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780525567004

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 160

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One of the most influential works of this century, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays is a crucial exposition of existentialist thought. Influenced by works such as Don Juan and the novels of Kafka, these essays begin with a meditation on suicide; the question of living or not living in a universe devoid of order or meaning. With lyric eloquence, Albert Camus brilliantly posits a way out of despair, reaffirming the value of personal existence, and the possibility of life lived with dignity and authenticity.
Categories: Literary Collections

The Myth of Sisyphus And Other Essays

The Myth of Sisyphus And Other Essays

One of the most influential works of this century, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays is a crucial exposition of existentialist thought.

Author: Albert Camus

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780307827821

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 224

View: 617

One of the most influential works of this century, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays is a crucial exposition of existentialist thought. Influenced by works such as Don Juan and the novels of Kafka, these essays begin with a meditation on suicide; the question of living or not living in a universe devoid of order or meaning. With lyric eloquence, Albert Camus brilliantly posits a way out of despair, reaffirming the value of personal existence, and the possibility of life lived with dignity and authenticity.
Categories: Literary Collections

Sisyphus

Sisyphus

Verena Kast deals with a problem that also fascinated Nietzsche and Freud. This book is packed with down-to-earth experience, clinical anecdotes, wit and insight. - Murray Stein

Author: Verena Kast

Publisher: Daimon

ISBN: 9783856305277

Category: Psychology

Page: 117

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Verena Kast refers to Sisyphus as the myth of the forty-year-olds, who often experience their lot in life to be a Sisyphus task. Are our human efforts all in vain, or is there some meaning to be found? In the end, it is a struggle with death itself. Dr. Kast interprets everyday events, fairy tales and psychotherapy issues in light of the Sisyphus theme, rendering it a kaleidoscope through which we can look deeply into ourselves. Verena Kast deals with a problem that also fascinated Nietzsche and Freud. This book is packed with down-to-earth experience, clinical anecdotes, wit and insight. - Murray Stein
Categories: Psychology

Albert Camus and the Philosophy of the Absurd

Albert Camus and the Philosophy of the Absurd

FROM ALIENATION TO ABSURD : THE OUTSIDER AND THE MYTH OF
SISYPHUS The basic premise of this book , as noted , is that Camus's thought is
a contest with the meaning of existence . In The Myth of Sisyphus , Camus
provides one ...

Author: Abraham Sagi

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9042012307

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 193

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This book is an attempt to read the totality of Camus s oeuvre as a voyage, in which Camus approaches the fundamental questions of human existence: What is the meaning of life? Can ultimate values be grounded without metaphysical presuppositions? Can the pain of the other penetrate the thick shield of human narcissism and self-interest? Solipsism and solidarity are among the destinations Camus reaches in the course of this journey. This book is a new reading of one of the towering humanists of the twentieth century, and sheds new light on his spiritual world."
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Myth of Laziness

The Myth of Laziness

PROLOGUE : THE MYTH OF SISYPHUS . . Sisyphus , who founded the city of
Corinth . . . witnessed the abduction of young Aegina , daughter of Asopus , at the
hand of Zeus and revealed the name of the abductor to the girl ' s father .

Author: Mel Levine

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743213688

Category: Education

Page: 288

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Shows parents how to help their children become productive adults, explaining how to overcome the common problem of getting work done, identifying areas of neurodevelopmental weakness, and demonstrating how to emphasize a child's strengths.
Categories: Education

Eight Theories of Ethics

Eight Theories of Ethics

THE MYTH OF SISYPHUS That religion is principally concerned with the
meaning of life is almost a commonplace. But philosophers have found it difficult
to determine just what is meant by 'meaning' in this context. 'Does life have a
meaning?

Author: Gordon Graham

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415315883

Category: Philosophy

Page: 221

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Is it possible to study ethics objectively, or are moral judgements inevitably subjective? Are ancient theories of ethics of any contemporary relevance? Which ethical theory offers the most convincing explanation of how best to live one's life? Eight Theories of Ethicsis a comprehensive introduction to the theories of ethics encountered by first-time students. Gordon Graham introduces the fundamental concepts that underpin ethics, such as relativism and objectivity, and then devotes his attention to each of the eight major theories of ethics: * egoism * hedonism * naturalism and virtue theory * existentialism * Kantianism * utilitarianism * contractualism * religion. Throughout the book, Gordon Graham draws on examples from great moral philosophers such as Aristotle, Kant and Mill, and also from contemporary debates over human nature, the environment and citizenship. Eight Theories of Ethicsis written in an engaging and student-friendly style, with detailed suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter - including original sources and contemporary discussions. It is ideal for anyone coming to this area of philosophy for the first time, and for those studying ethics in related disciplines such as politics, law, nursing and medicine.
Categories: Philosophy

The Post colonial Space

The Post colonial Space

R . K . Bhushan Although The Myth of Sisyphus poses mortal problems , it sums
itself up for me as a lucid invitation to live and to create , in the very midst of the
desert . - Albert Camus in Preface to The Myth of Sisyphus . U . R . Anantha
Murthy ...

Author: Nandini Sahu

Publisher: Atlantic Publishers & Dist

ISBN: 8126907770

Category: East Indian diaspora in literature

Page: 192

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The 1980 S And After Has Created A Typical Post-Modern Anxiety With The Advent Of Salman Rushdie As An Influential Diaspora Writer. This Book Is Conceptualized Around A Series Of Topics Like Post-Modern Anxiety, Identity, Politics, National And Self-Definition, The Problem Of Exile And Diaspora, And An Interest To Examine The Way Indian English Literature Has Established Itself And Set Up As A Separate Discipline. While The Bright And Brilliant Promises About Indian English Literature Rejuvenate Us, Some Pertinent Questions Hang Above Us Related To Our Identity, Historiography And The Political And National Affiliation Of A Writer. Does The Absence Of A National Identity Affect The Tone Of A Creative Writer And The Mindset Of His Readers As Well? Does The Post-Colonial Space Invite And Initiate The Indian English Writers And The Diaspora Writers To Take Their Self And National Identity As The Metaphor Of Their Creativity? How Do They Define And Justify Themselves? What Do They Mean By Indianness, Nation And Narration, Women Issues, Subaltern Conditions, Nativism, Post-Colonialism, Post-Modernism, And Essentialism? What Are Their Literary And Extra-Literary Concerns? Do They Succeed In Giving A Clear Image To The Indigenous Culture And The Narrative Traditions Of India? What Linguistic And Stylistic Innovations Are Being Introduced By The Post-Colonial Writers? This Book Is A Humble Attempt To Point Out Some Of These Issues By The Editor And The Contributors.The Present Analytical Study Will Prove An Ideal Reference Book To Students, Researchers And Teachers Of Indian English Literature.
Categories: East Indian diaspora in literature

Albert Camus

Albert Camus

Presents a biography of the author Albert Camus along with critical views of his work.

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 9781438115153

Category: Electronic books

Page: 153

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Presents a biography of the author Albert Camus along with critical views of his work.
Categories: Electronic books

Faux Pas

Faux Pas

VIII. The. Myth. of. Sisyphus. A writer for whom writing is as much an instrument of
meditation as a means of expression is led toward the ... One must always dream
of Prometheus, of Orpheus; and one can also become interested in Sisyphus.

Author: Maurice Blanchot

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 0804729352

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 309

View: 162

Published in France in 1943, Faux Pas is the first collection of essays on literature and language by Maurice Blanchot, the most lucid and powerful French critic of the second half of the 20th century.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Alienation

Alienation

Sisyphus. (Albert. Camus). ,. “Camus' The Outsider” by Jean-Paul Sartre, in
Literary and Philosophical Essays (1955). Introduction. As Jean-Paul Sartre
argues, The Myth of Sisyphus is a philosophical companion to The Stranger (
sometimes ...

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 9781438119168

Category: Alienation (Social psychology) in literature

Page: 222

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Provides an examination of the use of alienation in classic literary works.
Categories: Alienation (Social psychology) in literature

Media Myth and Society

Media  Myth  and Society

This version ofthe myth comesfrom Edith Hamilton's Mythology: Timeless Tales
ofGods and Heroes.What follows is a summary of the myth of Sisyphus. Sisyphus,
the king of Corinth, happened to see a huge eagle carrying a young womanoff to
 ...

Author: A. Berger

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137301673

Category: Social Science

Page: 133

View: 719

Using a cultural approach to classical myths, this book examines how they affect psychoanalytic theory, historical experience, elite culture, popular culture, and everyday life. Berger explores diverse topics such as the Oedipus Myth, James Bond, Star Wars, and fairy tales.
Categories: Social Science

What is the Meaning of Human Life

What is the Meaning of Human Life

THE MYTH OF SISYPHUS Albert Camus ( 1913-1960 ) revitalized the ancient
myth of Sisyphus . Condemned by the gods to push a huge rock to the top of a hill
from which it fell down the other side , to be pushed again to the top from which it
 ...

Author: Raymond A. Belliotti

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 904201296X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 176

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This book examines core concerns of human life. What is the relationship between a meaningful life and theism? Why are some human beings radically adrift, without radical foundations, and struggling with hopelessness? Is the cosmos meaningless? Is human life akin to the ancient Myth of Sisyphus? What is the role of struggle and suffering in creating meaning? How do we discover or create value? Is happiness overrated as a goal of life? How, if at all, can we learn to die meaningfully?
Categories: Philosophy

Lies That Tell the Truth

Lies That Tell the Truth

THE MYTH OF SISYPHUS Sisyphus, a mortal, lived by thieving. He was known
everywhere for his cleverness and audacity. But he overreached himself in telling
the river god Asopus where Zeus had hidden his daughter Aegina after Zeus ...

Author: Carolyn Pinkard

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9780595158669

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 136

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This book is about metaphor-what it is, what it does. Putting aside overly technical definitions, the author proposes one intended for the general reader: A metaphor is a lie that tells the truth. (An example: "Uncle Pat is a hog." A literal lie, anyone who observes Uncle Pat forking it in will agree that this "lie" is also true.) Drawn from such diverse arenas as literature, sports, education, oratory, religion and philosophy-even the stock market-the book presents more than two hundred metaphors that demonstrate that no society anywhere on earth does (or did) not have metaphors. Convincingly, the author shows that this incredibly wide use of metaphor depends on its startling, colorful language that is easy to understand and easy to remember. The heart of the book is a collection of metaphors that offer an alternative to description of things spiritual in abstract language. By contrast, the author maintains, metaphor throws light on the spiritual world, even into its most shadowed corners.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

A Study of Camus Notion of the Absurd and Its Mythology in Catch 22 and Slaughterhouse Five

A Study of Camus  Notion of the Absurd and Its Mythology in  Catch 22  and  Slaughterhouse Five

As we read the tale, we embark on a metaphysical ritual journey and can accept or reject the author's vision of the world and our relationship to it. When, then, is a novel mythological in nature?

Author: Diana Morna Gerrard Dickson Keegan

Publisher: ProQuest

ISBN: 0549389261

Category: Absurd (Philosophy) in literature

Page:

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The underlying assumption of this thesis is that the absurd is that vision which we might call Albert Camus' "unexpressed philosophy" of the absurd, a "method" he hoped would form a basis of a new metaphysic that most readers will know from his most renowned absurd work, The Myth of Sisyphus . Succinctly, the absurd is a paradox that is created as insatiable human desire for unity, significance and eternal life confronts lucidly the finite nature of human existence in an indifferent universe. The absurd hero engages in this struggle and in spite of insurmountable difficulties finds a way to live within the absurd and, like Sisyphus, decides to defy the gods, reject traditional eternal values and make a meaningless life worth living by making his punishing fate as a human his own. My first objective was to examine Catch 22 and Slaughterhouse-Five as examples of American absurd literature to determine whether the American absurd was unique, and if so how. My research has led me to conclude that all absurd works, even those of the same author, are unique and that it is inappropriate to refer to a body of absurd work. The absurd is varied and ubiquitous, and synonymous with feelings of doubt and alienation that are as old as the human race. For this reason, whether or not a work is absurd is not so much a question of direct authorial influence by one such as Camus as it is a question of the varied expression in works of art of feelings common to all humans who confront their alienation in an indifferent universe they long to call home. Therefore, I find that each American absurd work is unique and that Catch-22 and Slaughterhouse Five are works of an absurd kind rather than part of a body of work we could call the "American absurd." That said, as I state above, this thesis does follow Camus and uses his definitions of absurd awareness and reasoning as its basis for comparison. In this context, Catch-22 and Slaughterhouse-Five present absurd landscapes that are more Kafkaesque than Camusian in that the second term of Camus' absurd paradox, the indifferent universe, is replaced with institutions that resemble Kafka's unintelligible dysfunctional bureaucracy. What is more, while their temperaments and struggles are different, both Yossarian and Billy Pilgrim make choices which Camus would consider evasions of the absurd, and forms of philosophical suicide. Therefore, as compared to Camus' Caligula and The Stranger and their principal characters, Caligula (an inexperienced absurd hero) and Meursault (an absurd hero par excellence), this thesis finds that Catch-22 and Slaughterhouse-Five present Kafkaesque landscapes and principal characters who evade the absurdity the landscape presents. My second objective was to determine whether the novels examined refer to one or more traditional myths as a background--a form of subterranean leitmotif--to a foreground narrative that exposes and reconstructs the traditional myth through a process of negation. Specifically, the second objective was to discover whether the American absurd could be considered a body of mythology for modern American times. For mythology, I draw on Mircea Eliade who tells us that myths embody the ideals of society and that in the literate world the written word replaces the spoken word, and that reading and writing are akin to the witnessing of or enactment of a rite. It follows that modern myths embody the ideals of modern society and I suggest that absurd myths embody the absurd ideal, a dystopia, a world stripped of the illusions of human significance and eternal life given by what Camus refers to as "eternal values." Absurd mythology, as understood in this thesis, tells a tale of a coming-of-age journey in which maturity is acceptance that a life worth living is that lived within the absurd. As we read the tale, we embark on a metaphysical ritual journey and can accept or reject the author's vision of the world and our relationship to it. When, then, is a novel mythological in nature? The novel that is mythological in nature takes disordered experience and rearranges it into a coherent picture, that may be one of incoherence, as it takes us on a journey akin to a rite of passage through three classic stages: separation from the routine, transformation in a "time out of time," and a reconciliation in an enhanced new understanding of life. All three novels that are discussed in this thesis take us on such a journey: The Stranger offers a solution in the absurd; Catch-22 the option of escape from it; and, Slaughterhouse-Five an illusion with which to replace it.
Categories: Absurd (Philosophy) in literature

Suggestions for Instructors to Accompany Values in Conflict

Suggestions for Instructors to Accompany Values in Conflict

Christianity, Marxism, Psychoanalysis, Existentialism Victor Comerchero. 35
ALBERT CAMUS The Myth of Sisyphus Analytical Comment "The Myth of
Sisyphus, " an allegory told in Camus' lucid, classical prose, concludes his long
essay of the ...

Author: Victor Comerchero

Publisher: Ardent Media

ISBN:

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Page: 177

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Artistic Imagination and Political Reality

Artistic Imagination and Political Reality

115 Camus , The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays , p . 5 116 Camus The Myth
of Sisyphus and Other Essays , p . 5 5 117 Camus The Myth of Sisyphus and
Other Essays , p . 23 118 Camus The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays , p .

Author: Marvin Richard Cohen

Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:C3513347

Category:

Page: 624

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Finding Meaning in an Imperfect World

Finding Meaning in an Imperfect World

This is one way of understanding the story of Sisyphus as told by Cicero and Ovid
, among others, and which later became a central theme in Albert Camus's
famous Myth of Sisyphus." According to the myth, Sisyphus had to push a heavy
rock ...

Author: Iddo Landau

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190657666

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 297

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Is it possible for life to be meaningful when the world is filled with suffering, and when so much depends merely upon chance? Landau argues our lives often are, or could be made, meaningful-- we've just been setting the bar too high for evaluating what meaning there is. He offers new theories and practical advice that awaken us to the meaning already present in our lives and demonstrates how we can enhance it.
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

Iroro

Iroro

Camus , A. The Myth of Sisyphus . 14 Lawhead , W.F. The Philosophical Journey
. 634 . For Schopenhauer's Pessimist view about life and existence see Sanders ,
S. and Cheney , D.R. 1998 The Meaning of Life : Question , Answers and ...

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Publisher:

ISBN: UCLA:L0107432981

Category: Africa

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Categories: Africa

Life Death Meaning

Life  Death   Meaning

Chapter 1 The Meaning of Life Richard Taylor Richard Taylor recounts the
ancient myth of Sisyphus, who was condemned by the gods to spend eternity
repeatedly rolling a stone to the top of a hill that on reaching the top would
immediately ...

Author: David Benatar

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0742533689

Category: Philosophy

Page: 410

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Do our lives have meaning? Should we create more people? Is death bad? Should we commit suicide? Would it be better if we were immortal? Should we be optimistic or pessimistic? Life, Death, and Meaning brings together key readings, primarily by English-speaking philosophers, on such 'big questions.'
Categories: Philosophy