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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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 “True to His Feelings”

 “True to His Feelings”

Phenomenology and Reflection in Camus' L'Étranger

(p.11) 1 “True to His Feelings”
Dark Feelings, Grim Thoughts

Robert C. Solomon

Oxford University Press

Camus’ novel, The Stranger, can be read as a philosophically profound phenomenological study of personal experience, more or less devoid of reflection. The novel also presents the development of reflective consciousness through the increasing awareness of the significance of other people. Camus himself has interpreted the hero of the book as a hero for the truth, but the point is made here that Meursault (the supposed hero) is not sufficiently reflective to either be concerned with the truth or to tell a lie.

Keywords:   The Stranger, phenomenology, reflection, truth, lying, other people

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