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PHI 247 10.09.07 The Absurd (L. “Surdus” = Deaf): The emotional state, or the experience, of feeling oneself to be inharmonious, being “out of sync,” being out of tune with things; the feeling of being devoid of any larger reason, or order, or purpose – being devoid of any larger meaning to one’s life. It is an emotional state of misalignment, an unstable condition that involves both nature and humanity. Nathalie Sarraute, Tropisms The Stranger never argues for a single moral principle, it never claims what it is good or bad even. In a different way, the text exhibits all this. It shows how different kinds of people conduct themselves, and through this it shows us their values, convictions, and habits. There are two parts to this book, judge and jury and __________. Is Marcell innocent or guilty, is he condemned or ready to set free? The first half is a series of incidents, his life. This is contrasted with the second half, with the conventional court of law. What’s curious here is there is not so much a conflict between moralities, but that Marcell never claims
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