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Title: Re-reading Camus's ethics
Author: Beer, Jill
ISNI:       0000 0000 5130 4814
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2003
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This study problematizes the dominance of the 'Temps modernes' polemic in critical readings of Camus's political and ethical thought, and offers a more nuanced reading of his contribution to both contemporary and modern ethical discourses. An exploration of critical readings of Camus's theoretical work reveals a retrospection and return on the part of critics who perpetually revisit the same issues which caused so much contention in the 1950s - political engagement, historical absolutism, Marxism, the use of violence, ideological extremism - in order to defend or simply reassert Camus's position in relation, or rather in opposition, to that of Sartre. Whilst this hermeneutic framework might, in some senses, still be pertinent, it neither allows for a breadth of perspective which the distance afforded by time offers, nor permits a consideration of Camus's thought in the light of the theoretical shifts which have taken place in the intervening period. Engaging in this hermeneutic dialogue, the purpose of this thesis is to disrupt the binarism of the Camus/Sartre paradigm through a comparative study of Camus's theory of revolt and Simone de Beauvoir's ethic of ambiguity in the light of Maurice Blanchot's critical perspective, in order firstly to offer a radically new reading of Camus's position in relation to that of his contemporaries, and secondly to open up an alternative perspective on Camus's thought in terms of the ethical concerns which have come to underpin more modern critical paradigms such as postcolonialism, feminism, poststructuralism and ethical criticism.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Arts and Humanities Research Board
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Camus, Albert, 1913-1960--Ethics