phil 120 Notes on The Stranger

phil 120 Notes on The Stranger - have the physical capacity...

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The Stranger Notes Page 1 The Stranger L’Etranger (1942) The outsider In Africa - Algiers Mid to late 1930s Meursault - (indifferent) Doesn’t understand social norms Doesn’t seem to care NO PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION Doesn’t talk much Struggle with relationships Listens well A follower (not a leader) No emotions, stoic Lazy Focused on small details Focused on his sense - his body - the present - moments are fleeting
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The Stranger Notes Page 2 ACTION: Non-voluntary: (not an action) reflex reaction accident Voluntary: expresses and intention (desire and belief) (desire-example: thirst=desire to drink) (belief-example: “this is water” “this is good to drink”) Ability: not be constrained, prevented from acting
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Unformatted text preview: have the physical capacity 1. Is Ms shooting the Arab man the first time an action? Why or why not? (Non- voluntary reaction) - he tenses up - My whole being tensed and I squeezed my hand around the revolver (59) Blinded by the sun Sweat in his eyes Not an action - he didnt go out looking for the Arab 2. Is Ms shooting him the second time (4x) an action? Action - his choice this time He had shaken off the sweat and the sun When its an action, there has to be a purpose (some reason or purpose or inten-tion). IF there is none, it is an accident. The Stranger Notes Page 3 State of Mind in Chapter 5: Nervous Anxious...
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