The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt

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Doc The Rebel An Essay on Man in Revolt As long as mankind has told stories the topic of rebellion has been central Man s disobedience and the loss thereupon of Paradise as well as Satan

Doc The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt As long as mankind has told stories, the topic of rebellion has been central. “Man’s disobedience and the loss thereupon of Paradise”, as well as Satan’s rebellion against the oppressive authority of God in Heaven are the two main strands in Milton’s classic Paradise Lost, to just name one of countless examples, summing up human experience in unforgettable drama.Camus analyses the topic from a philosophical and historical viewpoint, and gives a perfect example for his thesis on revolution and the development of mankind by writing this long reflective essay, rebelling against the predominant ideas of his own time.Starting with the metaphysical revolutions of the 18th and 19th centuries, but always with the disastrous contemporary world post 1945 in mind, Camus embarks on a quest to establish the nature and consequence of revolts and revolutions, and to define the limits within which it is still possible to justify violence and stay human. It is not an easy read, definitely not something to skim through in a couple of hours. I had to put it aside more than once and read up on other authors, as well as other texts by Camus, to eventually be able to finish it. I am happy I did, for Camus certainly was “ahead of his time”, if I may use that absurd term in honour of his celebration of absurdity in general. Writing at a time when collectivist ideology was en vogue, especially in France dominated by Sartre, he makes a claim for a reevaluation of revolutionary developments focusing on individuals and their choices and responsibilities. What is a rebel, he asks in the initial paragraph:“Un homme qui dit non. Mais s’il refuse, il ne renonce pas: c’est aussi un homme qui dit oui, dès son premier mouvement.”A human who decides that a limit is reached, and change has to happen. Camus slowly guides the reader through the various causes and effects of religious, historical and political revolts and revolutions, as well as artistic revolutions in modern society. He explains the initiatives deriving from a sense of justice, and the consequences of absolute faith in the revolutionary cause, leading to its proverbial eating its own children and turning into its opposite, until a new revolution takes place.While Communist followers embraced individual sacrifice and collective action, encouraging violence, even murder, with the argument that the future utopian fair state would justify any means, Camus pointed to the destructive power of justice without liberty of individuals, or liberty without justice to limit it:“En face d’une future réalisation de l’idée, la vie humaine peut être tout ou rien. Plus est grand le foi que le calculateur met dans cette réalisation, moins vaut la vie humaine.”This idea is made perfectly clear, and more accessible, in Camus’ play Les Justes, focusing on the historical events in Russia in 1905, culminating in the murder of the Archduke and the execution of Kaliayev, the socialist terrorist. The dialogues and conflicts between different revolutionaries make the different positions come alive. As Kaliayev and his positions are discussed in detail in L’Homme révolté as well, the play and the essay can be read as complements, artistic expression and philosophical reflection supporting the thesis from different perspectives and with different audience in mind.For many of Camus’ contemporaries, his middle way of trying to balance freedom and justice was almost treason against a religiously protected cause to change the future radically, but for our contemporary world, he seems almost prophetic. Many thinkers who have struggled to come to grips with the idea of freedom and justice have developed systems that build on Camus’ thought of balancing ideal and reality to be able to achieve tangible change. Amartya Sen’s The Idea Of Justice for example, strongly advocates a step-by-step reform programme of feasible projects, rather than theorising or giving up the whole idea of justice altogether because a perfect world is unachievable. Amin Maalouf, on the other hand, has shown the disastrous effects of monofocal ideological or religious identification on society, leading to violence and murder in the name of an identity that is non-negotiable, and focused on ultimately - in future - uniting the entire world under the banner of one specific idea or belief. He also speaks up for diversity, not uniformity of the world as the goal, and for giving up trying to mould the world according to one narrow minded, exclusive worldview. However, both in Sen’s and Maalouf’s approach, freedom to develop individual traditions is limited by the duty to respect other individuals’ equal rights to justice.Camus’ response to the missionary approach to humankind is:“La vraie générosité envers l’avenir est à tout donner au présent.”If you work for a better world here and now, no human sacrifice in the name of a future utopia is justified. Balance of power is the democratic answer to the human condition:“La liberté absolue raille la justice. La justice absolue nie la liberté. Pour être fécondes, les deux notions doivent trouver, l’une dans l’autre, leur limite. Aucun homme n’estime sa condition libre, si elle n’est pas juste en même temps, ni juste si elle ne se trouve pas libre.”We certainly need to consider his passionate plaidoyer for a balanced world without extremist terrorists of one kind or the other, approving of violence in the name of their presumed future uniform, worldwide utopia. It is time to rebel and say NO! To dogmatic violence. And it is time to say YES! To all of humankind, by respecting every individual’s right to freely develop their identity within the limits of justice.Highly recommended!. The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt go inside Kindle By one of the most profoundly influential thinkers of our century, The Rebel is a classic essay on revolution For Albert Camus, the urge to revolt is one of the essential dimensions of human nature, manifested in man s timeless Promethean struggle against the conditions of his existence, as well as the popular uprisings against established orders throughout history AndBy one of the most profoundly influential thinkers of our century, The Rebel is a classic essay on revolution For Albert Camus, the urge to revolt is one of the essential dimensions of human nature, manifested in man s timeless Promethean struggle against the conditions of his existence, as well as the popular uprisings against established orders throughout history And yet, with an eye toward the French Revolution and its regicides and deicides, he shows how inevitably the course of revolution leads to tyranny As old regimes throughout the world collapse, The Rebel resonates as an ardent, eloquent, and supremely rational voice of conscience for our tumultuous times.Translated from the French by Anthony Bower.. Albert Camus 1913 1960 was a representative of non metropolitan French literature His origin in Algeria and his experiences there in the thirties were dominating influences in his thought and work Of semi proletarian parents, early attached to intellectual circles of strongly revolutionary tendencies, with a deep interest in philosophy only chance prevented him from pursuing a university career in that field , he came to France at the age of twenty five The man and the times met Camus joined the resistance movement during the occupation and after the liberation was a columnist for the newspaper Combat But his journalistic activities had been chiefly a response to the demands of the time in 1947 Camus retired from political journalism and, besides writing his fiction and essays, was very active in the theatre as producer and playwright e.g Caligula, 1944 He also adapted plays by Calderon, Lope de Vega, Dino Buzzati, and Faulkner s Requiem for a Nun His love for the theatre may be traced back to his membership in L Equipe, an Algerian theatre group, whose collective creation R volte dans les Asturies 1934 was banned for political reasons.The essay Le Mythe de Sisyphe The Myth of Sisyphus , 1942, expounds Camus s notion of the absurd and of its acceptance with the total absence of hope, which has nothing to do with despair, a continual refusal, which must not be confused with renouncement and a conscious dissatisfaction Meursault, central character of L tranger The Stranger , 1942, illustrates much of this essay man as the nauseated victim of the absurd orthodoxy of habit, later when the young killer faces execution tempted by despair, hope, and salvation Dr Rieux of La Peste The Plague , 1947, who tirelessly attends the plague stricken citizens of Oran, enacts the revolt against a world of the absurd and of injustice, and confirms Camus s words We refuse to despair of mankind Without having the unreasonable ambition to save men, we still want to serve them Other well known works of Camus are La Chute The Fall , 1956, and L Exil et le royaume Exile and the Kingdom , 1957 His austere search for moral order found its aesthetic correlative in the classicism of his art He was a stylist of great purity and intense concentration and rationality.. Good Book The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt As long as mankind has told stories, the topic of rebellion has been central. “Man’s disobedience and the loss thereupon of Paradise”, as well as Satan’s rebellion against the oppressive authority of God in Heaven are the two main strands in Milton’s classic Paradise Lost, to just name one of countless examples, summing up human experience in unforgettable drama.Camus analyses the topic from a philosophical and historical viewpoint, and gives a perfect example for his thesis on revolution and the development of mankind by writing this long reflective essay, rebelling against the predominant ideas of his own time.Starting with the metaphysical revolutions of the 18th and 19th centuries, but always with the disastrous contemporary world post 1945 in mind, Camus embarks on a quest to establish the nature and consequence of revolts and revolutions, and to define the limits within which it is still possible to justify violence and stay human. It is not an easy read, definitely not something to skim through in a couple of hours. I had to put it aside more than once and read up on other authors, as well as other texts by Camus, to eventually be able to finish it. I am happy I did, for Camus certainly was “ahead of his time”, if I may use that absurd term in honour of his celebration of absurdity in general. Writing at a time when collectivist ideology was en vogue, especially in France dominated by Sartre, he makes a claim for a reevaluation of revolutionary developments focusing on individuals and their choices and responsibilities. What is a rebel, he asks in the initial paragraph:“Un homme qui dit non. Mais s’il refuse, il ne renonce pas: c’est aussi un homme qui dit oui, dès son premier mouvement.”A human who decides that a limit is reached, and change has to happen. Camus slowly guides the reader through the various causes and effects of religious, historical and political revolts and revolutions, as well as artistic revolutions in modern society. He explains the initiatives deriving from a sense of justice, and the consequences of absolute faith in the revolutionary cause, leading to its proverbial eating its own children and turning into its opposite, until a new revolution takes place.While Communist followers embraced individual sacrifice and collective action, encouraging violence, even murder, with the argument that the future utopian fair state would justify any means, Camus pointed to the destructive power of justice without liberty of individuals, or liberty without justice to limit it:“En face d’une future réalisation de l’idée, la vie humaine peut être tout ou rien. Plus est grand le foi que le calculateur met dans cette réalisation, moins vaut la vie humaine.”This idea is made perfectly clear, and more accessible, in Camus’ play Les Justes, focusing on the historical events in Russia in 1905, culminating in the murder of the Archduke and the execution of Kaliayev, the socialist terrorist. The dialogues and conflicts between different revolutionaries make the different positions come alive. As Kaliayev and his positions are discussed in detail in L’Homme révolté as well, the play and the essay can be read as complements, artistic expression and philosophical reflection supporting the thesis from different perspectives and with different audience in mind.For many of Camus’ contemporaries, his middle way of trying to balance freedom and justice was almost treason against a religiously protected cause to change the future radically, but for our contemporary world, he seems almost prophetic. Many thinkers who have struggled to come to grips with the idea of freedom and justice have developed systems that build on Camus’ thought of balancing ideal and reality to be able to achieve tangible change. Amartya Sen’s The Idea Of Justice for example, strongly advocates a step-by-step reform programme of feasible projects, rather than theorising or giving up the whole idea of justice altogether because a perfect world is unachievable. Amin Maalouf, on the other hand, has shown the disastrous effects of monofocal ideological or religious identification on society, leading to violence and murder in the name of an identity that is non-negotiable, and focused on ultimately - in future - uniting the entire world under the banner of one specific idea or belief. He also speaks up for diversity, not uniformity of the world as the goal, and for giving up trying to mould the world according to one narrow minded, exclusive worldview. However, both in Sen’s and Maalouf’s approach, freedom to develop individual traditions is limited by the duty to respect other individuals’ equal rights to justice.Camus’ response to the missionary approach to humankind is:“La vraie générosité envers l’avenir est à tout donner au présent.”If you work for a better world here and now, no human sacrifice in the name of a future utopia is justified. Balance of power is the democratic answer to the human condition:“La liberté absolue raille la justice. La justice absolue nie la liberté. Pour être fécondes, les deux notions doivent trouver, l’une dans l’autre, leur limite. Aucun homme n’estime sa condition libre, si elle n’est pas juste en même temps, ni juste si elle ne se trouve pas libre.”We certainly need to consider his passionate plaidoyer for a balanced world without extremist terrorists of one kind or the other, approving of violence in the name of their presumed future uniform, worldwide utopia. It is time to rebel and say NO! To dogmatic violence. And it is time to say YES! To all of humankind, by respecting every individual’s right to freely develop their identity within the limits of justice.Highly recommended!
The Rebel An Essay on Man in Revolt Camus, Albert The Rebel is a treatise on rebellion as man is a fundamentally rebellious creature, finding his own humanity in his acts of rebellion When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken the light on the faces surrounding him. The Rebel TV Series Oct , The Rebel was a term given to the South and if anyone studied their untainted history they would see that they were not Rebels but good people One person wrote derogatory comments which many liked Jonny Yuma was a man and he went about The Rebel An Essay on Man in Revolt Vintage The Rebel is a treatise on rebellion as man is a fundamentally rebellious creature, finding his own humanity in his acts of rebellion When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken the light on the faces surrounding him. The Rebel, the Policeman and a Chase Through Britain and Sep , His arrival focuses the cops versus rebels story it s now one cop versus an ber rebel, an Irishman chasing another Irishman, across Manchester and Erin Brockovich Inspired Drama Rebel Starring Katey Sep , ABC has given out a straight to series order to the drama series Rebel Katey Sagal stars in the show, which is inspired by the life of Erin Brockovich It is slated to debut in Sagal

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    Albert Camus 1913 1960 was a representative of non metropolitan French literature His origin in Algeria and his experiences there in the thirties were dominating influences in his thought and work Of semi proletarian parents, early attached to intellectual circles of strongly revolutionary tendencies, with a deep interest in philosophy only chance prevented him from pursuing a university career in that field , he came to France at the age of twenty five The man and the times met Camus joined the resistance movement during the occupation and after the liberation was a columnist for the newspaper Combat But his journalistic activities had been chiefly a response to the demands of the time in 1947 Camus retired from political journalism and, besides writing his fiction and essays, was very active in the theatre as producer and playwright e.g Caligula, 1944 He also adapted plays by Calderon, Lope de Vega, Dino Buzzati, and Faulkner s Requiem for a Nun His love for the theatre may be traced back to his membership in L Equipe, an Algerian theatre group, whose collective creation R volte dans les Asturies 1934 was banned for political reasons.The essay Le Mythe de Sisyphe The Myth of Sisyphus , 1942, expounds Camus s notion of the absurd and of its acceptance with the total absence of hope, which has nothing to do with despair, a continual refusal, which must not be confused with renouncement and a conscious dissatisfaction Meursault, central character of L tranger The Stranger , 1942, illustrates much of this essay man as the nauseated victim of the absurd orthodoxy of habit, later when the young killer faces execution tempted by despair, hope, and salvation Dr Rieux of La Peste The Plague , 1947, who tirelessly attends the plague stricken citizens of Oran, enacts the revolt against a world of the absurd and of injustice, and confirms Camus s words We refuse to despair of mankind Without having the unreasonable ambition to save men, we still want to serve them Other well known works of Camus are La Chute The Fall , 1956, and L Exil et le royaume Exile and the Kingdom , 1957 His austere search for moral order found its aesthetic correlative in the classicism of his art He was a stylist of great purity and intense concentration and rationality.

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  • As long as mankind has told stories, the topic of rebellion has been central Man s disobedience and the loss thereupon of Paradise , as well as Satan s rebellion against the oppressive authority of God in Heaven are the two main strands in Milton s classic Paradise Lost, to just name one of countless examples, summing up human experience in unforgettable drama.Camus analyses the topic from a philosophical and historical viewpoint, and gives a perfect example for his thesis on revolution and the [...]


  • .As soon as a man, through lack of character, takes refuge in doctrine, as soon as crime reasons about itself, it multiplies like reason itself and assumes all the aspects of the syllogism The purpose of this essay is once again to face the reality of the present, which is logical crime, and examine meticulously the arguments by which it is justified p 3 This can be very interesting if, like me, you abhor historical Sovietism and all that it has wrought I found that Sarah Bakewell s excellent ne [...]


  • Although I ve always been temperamentally skeptical of Utopias, I m thankful to Camus for completely inoculating me, as a 15 year old, against the various postures of chic revolt so common among the teenagers of bored, affluent nations There was no silk screened Che across my bosom Revolutions aren t secular versions of the Rapture, in which the bad government disappears, to be replaced by a new, good one Revolution is generally a social calamity, a nightmare of inhumanity one regime dissolves, [...]


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  • Camus makes me think He is the author who has the power to steer my thoughts, along the line of his beliefs He is dead If he were alive, I am sure he would have supported the readers movement against the irrational outlook of GR administration as regarding the freedom of readers to express their views He would have hailed their rebellion and joined in to support, because I am sure he understood that all readers have their own opinions He wouldn t be bothered by criticism.As the choreographer, Ma [...]



  • Lucifer has also died with God, and from his ashes has risen a spiteful demon who does not even understand the object of his venture In 1953, excess is always a comfort, and sometimes a career.My second reading of Camus most divisive and controversial book, The Rebel, achieved something than the first, perhaps over fifteen years ago I had not read The Brothers Karamazov then, nor The Devils or Camus for stage adaptation of The Devils The Possessed, nor Camus play, The Just and, in particular, t [...]



  • The Rebel is the longest and at some points most difficult essay I ve ever read I think the title of the book itself is enough attractive for both Camus fans and other readers to choose this book But who is a rebel A rebel is someone who says no to a master He was a slave, a labor, perhaps a mechanical iron man built by bolts and nuts who did whatever he was said to do But the moment he rises and rebels he feels the stream of blood in his veins He feels he s alive Despite this alive and fresh ch [...]


  • Although Camus is remembered as a literary author than a philosopher, I think this work is fantastic It s influenced me and my thinking than any other author apart from perhaps Nietzsche and George Steiner Because Camus is such a wonderful author it is also not a particularely difficult read, as opposed to, say, Sartre s philosophical works I do like Being and Nothingness, but he s really overdoing it , which makes it accessible for those who have not been educated in philosophy as well The su [...]


  • I must confess that I didn t find much that was especially insightful in Camus account of rebellion, revolution, and nihilism here while reading it, but now that I look back on it, I see that he actually has much to say and that much of it is worthwhile.Camus begins by defining the rebel as one who affirms by negating, who says yes in saying no one who decries absolute freedom in establishing limits to acceptable behavior He thus immediately counterposes the rebel with the nihilist, who, in deny [...]





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  • Oh wow, that was an exciting trip I feel like I ve just spent the last few weeks driving at high speed through the desert in an unsuitable vehicle.I got lost a few times, misplaced my map, ran out of water and my vehicle broke down almost every day sometimes I feared that I d never find my way out of the wilderness or to the end of the chapter There were some frightening experiences, a bumpy ride I feel mentally beaten up and occasional views of the big picture beautiful, breathtaking, scary an [...]


  • Interesting book, though I also found it challenging to read I don t know nearly enough about French literature or philosophy But the basic question he asks is extremely relevant We hate injustice, and intuitively it seems clearly right to revolt against unjust authority So why does it nearly always go so wrong when we do so, and end up with an even worse injustice


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  • In The Rebel, Albert Camus, the master of existentialism, analyzed the spirit of rebellion from the French Revolution to the Russian Revolution The Jacobins, rebelled against King and God and by making their principles divine, introduced the Reign of Terror Nihilism went further and eliminated absolute principles and its rise during the second half of the nineteenth century created terrorists who renounced virtue and principles and who rebelled against reality and history by destroying them From [...]


  • I admit when I first picked up The Rebel in this artful Penguin edition, I was picturing beatniks with berets and cigarettes contesting over existentialist espressos about the absurdity of man and the imperative to resist Instead I found myself pounding through pages of difficult, beautifully phrased polemic, never quite sure what was being argued for or against It s not so much that Camus meanders as that he seems to take a very long, philosophical historical route to reach the most obvious con [...]


  • You know those kinds of books which you read amid the din of everyday life and you eventually finish while the whole time you realize that so much has gone past, gone by, that you can only feel the whoosh of wisdom, ideas and reflections going right over your head That s sort of how I feel about this book It s the sort of feeling when you are reading or less the way you usually do a lot of attention here, too little attention there and all the while you just know in your bones that you re going [...]




  • Skip the 150 pages in the middle of the book Just read the beginning and the end The background and history is long winded and irrelevant, but the takeaways are golden.Here s what I got from it The next great war is that between the artists and the conquerors We don t know who will win, we just know that one of them will win The problem with conquerors is that they can destroy, but they can t create The problem with artists is that they can create, but they can t destroy The victor, or the real [...]




  • If we believe in nothing, if nothing has any meaning and if we can affirm no values whatsoever, then everything is possible and nothing has any importanceAnother AMAZING book I can t describe the happiness I experienced while reading this masterpiece MINDBLOWING When I read Camus, I feel that he knows exactly what he s talking about He doesn t miss a thing The reader starts with an essential question Who is the rebel And ends with an incredibly perfect understanding.Camus is not JUST a writer HE [...]


  • On page 303 of Albert Camus s windy, long form essay on the nature of rebellion, the failures of religion, Nihilism and Marxism, he approaches the point Man can master in himself everything that should be mastered He should rectify in creation everything that can be rectified And after he has done so, children will still die unjustly even in a perfect society Even by his greatest effort man can only propose to diminish arithmetically the sufferings of the world But the injustice and the sufferin [...]


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