Albert Camus’ Concept of Absurdity and Happiness

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Introduction In the midst of the problems of the world, no one can deny that human suffering is inevitable, since it has been presented throughout the history of mankind. That life is absurd, indeed as Albert Camus asserts. Since how can one really find meaning in life if we live in a senseless world? Fortunately, three possibilities were presented, that man can choose in order to be released from human suffering. First would be suicide, which is also considered as one of the most serious philosophical problem, since suicide becomes an option for some by ending their life to be released from their sufferings. Second, would be the “leap of faith”, which basically refers to the beliefs of an organized religion, that for some, resolves their problems, by believing truths that are revealed through divine interventions, without any concrete evidence. And lastly, recognition, wherein, one recognizes and embraces the absurdity of life and hence instead of looking for some ways to escape it , one must choose to deal with the present situation he is in because it is the only way where one can attain his own personal stature. Basically Camus’ philosophy of the absurd is deeply rooted from history, since at his time the role of philosophy to connect human values and the nature of reality has failed. Which paved the way for the idea of absurdity , the prevalent thought of during World War II. But just like other philosophers, to understand Camus concepts that focus life’s absurdity, is a complete process which is evident with his literary works. Camus being a promoter of happiness rejects the concept nihilism. Because for Camus, denying the absurdity of life is being nihilistic, hence one must accept the absurdity of life as a sit... ... middle of paper ... ...13-60)." In Existentialism : A guide for the perplexed, by Steven Earnshaw. New York: Continuum Internationa Publishing Group, 2006. Golomb, Jacob. "Camus's Ideal of Authentic Life." Philosophy Today 38, no. 1-4 (1994). Marino, Gordon, ed. Basic Writings of Existentialism. New York: The Modern Library, 2004. Newell, J. David. "Camus on the will to Happiness." Philosophy Today (Messenger Press) 23, no. 1-3-4 (1979). Orga, Rusty. "The Nature of Human Pain and Suffering, A Comparative Study on CS. Lewis and Albert Camus' Concept of Human Pain and Suffering". (Bachelor's Thesis)." University of Santo Tomas, 2014. Spritzen, David A., and Adrian van den Hoven, . Sartre and Camus : A Historic Confrontation. New York: Humanity Books, 2004. Stumph, Samuel E. and Fieser,James. Socrates to Sarte and Beyond :A History of Philosophy. New York: McGraw- Hill, 2008.

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