The Myth of Sisyphus


Albert Camus

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Soren Kierkegaard Character Analysis

Kierkegaard is a 19th century Danish philosopher and generally considered to be the father of the loose philosophical movement of existentialism. Camus praises him for having accurately described the absurd, but criticizes his “leap of faith” to God as a solution. Kierkegaard, says Camus, was looking to “cure” the absurd—Camus wants to find a way to live with it.

Soren Kierkegaard Quotes in The Myth of Sisyphus

The The Myth of Sisyphus quotes below are all either spoken by Soren Kierkegaard or refer to Soren Kierkegaard. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of The Myth of Sisyphus published in 1991.
3. Philosophical Suicide Quotes

Kierkegaard wants to be cured. To be cured is his frenzied wish, and it runs throughout his whole journal. The entire effort of his intelligence is to escape the antinomy of the human condition. An all the more desperate effort since he intermittently perceives its vanity when he speaks of himself, as if neither fear of God nor piety were capable of bringing him to peace. Thus it is that, through a strained subterfuge, he gives the irrational the appearance and God the attributes of the absurd: unjust, incoherent, and incomprehensible. Intelligence alone in him strives to stifle the underlying demands of the human heart. Since nothing is proved, everything can he proved.

Related Characters: Albert Camus (speaker), Soren Kierkegaard
Page Number: 39
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Soren Kierkegaard Character Timeline in The Myth of Sisyphus

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2. An Absurd Reasoning: Absurd Walls
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...previous thinkers who have tried to acknowledge the irrationality of life. Writers like Jaspers, Heidegger, Kierkegaard and Chestov managed to correctly identify the absurdity of life, such as Heidegger’s “anxiety” or... (full context)
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...Chestov noted that “the most universal rationalism always stumbles on the irrational of human thought.” Kierkegaard, for his part, was able to “live” in the absurd for part of his life.... (full context)
3. An Absurd Reasoning: Philosophical Suicide
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...says that his criticism of Chestov is even more relevant to the work of Soren Kierkegaard. Kiekegaard does not seek to keep the absurd in full view, but wants to be... (full context)