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phi247 10.11 - PHI 247 10.11.07 Tropism The passive...

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PHI 247 10.11.07 Tropism: The passive reaction to external stimuli (replaces thought, will, reflection, deliberation) Meursault as patient, on recipient of action; not agent or initiator of action Sensualism: the view that reality consists simply in the sensible contact we have with things that we encounter physically, in the present Each event in life is split into individual events, therefore there is no overarching standard of good or bad. No need to justify oneself to anyone else, or to turn to some absolute source of morality or purpose. Each person [stranger] is odd, peculiar to other people. From the outside he only sees, describes. The novel is essentially ambiguous, Meursault has no arguments to state or anything to prescribe. The absurd individual knows only to experience reality in the present. What other people call morality, theory of politics, theology – these things are only abstractions, verbal generalizations that are built up and fantasized in someone else’s head. The purpose of the trial, 2
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