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Absurd The Absurd is a much misunderstood philosophical category primarily due to its sense of linguistic finality both in French and English To use the expression thats absurd brings with it an automatic negative judgement and a feeling that all further discussion is thereby closed For Camus absurdity is the given premise of all modern experience an uneasy feeling above all a sense of contradiction and is only the begining of a perception of life its meaning and consequences Unlike the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche 1844-1900--whose influence on him is considerable--Camus does not need to declare God dead God or any kind of divine unmoved mover or guiding hand for human life does not even come into the picture Camus simply presumes the absence of any kind of universal logic or direction generally associated with the idea of divinity He doesnt even miss or desire God No thanks Ill find my own way around the labyrinth Without divinity there can be no presumed code of conduct for human beings nor any explanation of lifes meaning We are simply thrown into this world and the outcome is death pure and simple There is only life before and nothing beyond And yet this absence of explanation is not in itself the idea of the Absurd What is absurd is the confrontation between the sense of the irrational and the overwhelming desire for clarity which resounds in the depths of man The Absurd is thus a pointless quest for meaning in a universe devoid of purpose It is a totally human foible and once again only defines the begining of the questioning of existence Coming to terms with the Absurd is what essentially concerns Camus because this accounts for the terrible weight and strangeness of the world as experienced by every human being The feeling of absurdity is the separation between man and his life an
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