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Philosophy, Morality and Society Running Head: PHILOSOPHY, MORALITY AND SOCIETY Philosophy, Morality and Society [Name of the writer] [Name of the institution] 1
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Philosophy, Morality and Society Philosophy, Morality and Society Philosophers and thinkers over the ages have pondered over the reason for man’s existence. Part of the questioning is also because of the realization that man is the most intelligent of creatures among the species available on the planet. He is capable of using his intellect and reasoning to solve problems and create new realities. Always the wry cynic, Camus laid great stress on the routine nature of human’s life. He understood that the exhaustion that resulted from the acts of an automatic life- a life that sustained, monotonous, from week to week- was the state necessary to give birth to the emotion of absurdity in an entity. The perceptive that life was restricted, and that the proceedings of one's life were worthless, given the detail that one must pass away, was one of the key values of the philosophy of the absurd. It was Descartes who commented that the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. Was it because they are so caught up in the daily business of life that they do not have the time to realize their true higher potential- their self actualization? Existentialism is the discipline of thought that all value in life rests in life itself. In other words, your own actions and emotions fulfill your spiritual needs. This is the philosophy that Camus has centered the stranger around. The hero may come across as a victim of inertia or an insensitive moron (Braun, 1973). In Albert Camus's famous novels there are many out of the ordinary occurrences, the theory of absurdity is thought of quite frequently throughout. The main character gets him into a predicament that develops Camus's philosophy of the absurd. 2
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Philosophy, Morality and Society His philosophy is that humans tend to impose a rational order on the world in the face of evidence that the world is absurd. The word "absurd” means clearly unreasonable (Braun,1973). This means that Camus is saying that all people think there is a certain type of order in a place that clearly has no order. It is not absurd to follow what, you feel, is right and it is not absurd to follow what, you know, is socially acceptable. It may not be very individual to constantly follow what is socially acceptable but it is certainly not absurd. If anything is absurd it is the fact that Camus thinks that having an order to daily life is clearly unreasonable. The writings are an examination of Camus's philosophy of the absurd, it's not that he is
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