Feb 18

Albert Camus on Existentialism: Why We Can’t Live With Absurdity and Why We Can’t Live Without It (Prerecorded)

Robert Zaretsky

Robert Zaretsky, author and professor of history in the Honors College at University of Houston, delivered a series of three lectures for WIH he called "Guides for the Perplexed." The first in this series was on Albert Camus, October 14, 2020.

With his handsomely haggard face wreathed in cigarette smoke, Albert Camus was a dead ringer for Humphrey Bogart. He was also the postwar poster boy for French existentialism. In 1947, when he was already celebrated as the author of "The Strangerand" a member of the French Resistance, Camus published The Plague. A gripping work of fiction, the work narrates the story of a small group of men who struggle against the arrival of the bubonic plague in Oran, the French Algerian city where they live. When the Nobel Committee awarded Camus its prize for literature in 1957, it declared that, as with his other works, the novel “illuminated the problem of the human conscience in our time.” This class will consider whether The Plague, in its portrayal of the French Resistance against the “brown plague” of the German Occupation, also illuminates our own struggle against other kinds of plague that threaten not just our lives but also our most fundamental values.

***Prerecorded Meeting.***
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This is Lecture 1/3: Albert Camus

Other lectures in this series available for purchase include:
Lecture 2: Marcus Aurelius on Stoicism: Keep Calm and Philosophize On (Prerecorded)
Lecture 3: Michel de Montaigne on Skepticism: What Do I Know? (Prerecorded)



Class Tuition

Price is per student. Class tuition is non-refundable.