Guides for the Perplexed: Albert Camus on Existentialism - Why We Can’t Live With Absurdity and Why We Can’t Live Without It
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 Stranger and 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.
Live Zoom Webinar with Q&A.
Other classes with Robert Zaretsky you might enjoy:
Guides for the Perplexed: Marcus Aurelius on Stoicism: Keep Calm and Philosophize On on October 21 and
Guides for the Perplexed: Michel de Montaigne on Skepticism: What Do I Know? on October 28.
Price is per student. Class tuition is non-refundable.