The Myth of Sisyphus


Albert Camus

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The Myth of Sisyphus: 5. The Absurd Man Summary & Analysis

In this section, Camus tries to move towards a more practical understanding of how to live with the absurd. The absurd man, he says, “lives out his adventure within the span of his lifetime” without relying on any promises of eternity or external justifications. Camus promises to show “illustrations”—but not “models” to follow—of people who live effectively with the absurd.
As Camus has been keen to reject the overly abstract “solutions” of philosophers, here he seeks to address the practical implications of effective living with the absurd. The quibble between “illustrations” and “models” seems a little disingenuous—surely, if these are relevant examples of absurd lives, they are also options available to everyone to follow.
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