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Dark Feelings, Grim ThoughtsExperience and Reflection in Camus and Sartre$
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Robert C. Solomon

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195181579

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195181573.001.0001

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 Facing Death Together

 Facing Death Together

Camus' The Plague

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(p.114) 5 Facing Death Together
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Dark Feelings, Grim Thoughts
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Robert C. Solomon

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195181573.003.0005

Camus’ novel, The Plague, breaks from the focus on individual experience to talk about solidarity and the experience of being with other people. The titular plague has been interpreted as a metaphor for the Nazi occupation, but it is interpreted here much more generally and more philosophically as the nature of human mortality and “the Absurd”. The novel also gives us Camus’ clearest statement about the significance of what Sartre calls “Being-for-Others”.

Keywords:   The Plague, solidarity, human mortality, the Absurd, Being-for-Others

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