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Camus, “Sisyphus” Taylor, “The Meaning of Life” Camus Sis’ punishment is the worst imaginable—futile and hopeless labor. -is that the worst thing we can think of? “his passion for life won him that unspeakable penalty in which the whole being is exerted toward accomplishing nothing. This is the price that must be paid for the passions of this earth.” -how are passions tied to despair and fruitless pursuits? “The workman of today works everyday in his life at the same tasks, and his fate is no less absurd.” Camus seems to think there’ s a clear parallel b/w Sis and the contemporary worker. What’s the primary difference between them? Camus focuses on the moment when Sis returns to go back and roll the stone again. He says that in this moment “he is superior to his fate” and “stronger than his rock”. Why? What is he doing? The Absurd Victory: “There is no fate that can not be surmounted by scorn.” Again, what’s the idea here? It sounds like Sis’ solution lies somewhere in the attitude he takes toward his labor. But what exactly is this attitude, in Camus’ description? When does the rock win? “When the images of earth cling too tightly to memory, when the call of happiness becomes too insistent, it happens that melancholy arises in man’s heart…The boundless grief is too heavy to bear.” How do we interpret this? Is he reiterated Schopenhauer and Buddha’s views of suffering as linked to desire? Or is the source of the problem located elsewhere? “The absurd man says yes and his efforts will henceforth be unceasing.” Is that it? The way to deal with pointless labor is to just grin and bear it? Affirm it? How? How can I simultaneously recognize my labor as being pointless and view it as meaningful? “The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart.”
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2011 for the course PHIL 100 taught by Professor Ames during the Fall '10 term at University of Hawaii, Manoa.

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