The rebel an essay on man in revolt summary

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He conceives of revolt as an essentially positive act, at once against and for something. Freedom and unity does not exist among many, but only for the individual and only for the certain individual, the superman. Secularity is the most passive humanism of these three in so far as it avoids all definitive claims.

The humanity of the rebel summary

Historical Rebellion Man seeking to impose his metaphysical principles on humanity changes his gaze from the abstract to history. Camus attempts to understand this era through exploring the act of rebellion, and draws from his outlay of historical landmarks a provisional hypothesis which he feels accounts partly for the direction and almost wholly for the frenzy of our time. In trying to reconcile reality with absurdity, the absolute man imposes his principles upon nature. In upholding beauty we prepare the way for the day of regeneration when civilization will give first place—far ahead of the formal principles and degraded values of history—to this living virtue on which is found the common dignity of man and the world he lives in, and which we now must define in the face of a world that insults it. The subsequent rise of utopian and materialist idealism sought " the end of history. There is no teleological understanding of or meaning for the secular man. Although in this valuelessness human life is given precedence, for man must be living in order to encounter the universe. At the moment of supreme tension, there will leap into flight an unswerving arrow, a shaft that is inflexible. References Abbott, Walter M. Thus, the rebel, keeping in mind the secularity of his character, takes on an analogous martyrdom in acceptance of all suffering for the sake of the common good of man, to bear the load together, but his suffering to the degree that it is his task eternally in the immanent rather than his salvation from a transcendent concept makes his suffering all the more horrific. This work has received ongoing interest, influencing modern philosophers and authors such as Paul Berman and others.

Revolution Camus begins the process of elucidation by discussing two different kind of rebellion: metaphysical and historical.

Camus states that when crime roots itself in reason it becomes universal to the extreme of no longer classifying murder as an inexcusable rarity.

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If human beings become disenchanted with contemporary applications of justice, Camus suggests that they rebel. The most pure form of the movement of rebellion is thus crowned with the heart-rending cry of Karamazov: if all are not saved, what good is the salvation of one only?

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The claim to freedom from oppression of kings and a societal unity of men are the transcendent principles rooting themselves in this historical context. In this fight freedom to kill, is not compatible with the sense of rebellion.

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With an eye to the osmotic relationship between construction and destruction , Camus adds: Rebellion, though apparently negative, since it creates nothing, is profoundly positive in that it reveals the part of man which must always be defended. Examining both rebellion and revolt, which may be seen as the same phenomenon in personal and social frames, Camus examines several ' countercultural ' figures and movements from the history of Western thought and art, noting the importance of each in the overall development of revolutionary thought and philosophy. Of course, it can have egoistic motives… The rebel … demands respect for himself, of course, but only in so far as he identifies himself with a natural community. Its merit lies in making no calculations, distributing everything it possesses to life and to living men. The Rebel is a magnificent and acutely timely read in its totality. A third is that of crime , as Camus discusses how rebels who get carried away lose touch with the original basis of their rebellion and offer various defenses of crime through various historical epochs. Nihilism is not only despair and negation, but above all, the desire to despair and to negate. What is the bitter end of metaphysical rebellion? This other kind of movement Camus calls revolution. The history of metaphysical and political revolt, the one a rebellion against creation and the human condition and for order, the other of the slave against the master, merge in our time in the nihilistic Russian revolution and Hitler regime. In these limitations of the universe man, also, comes to see himself as limited. Our brothers are breathing under the same sky as we; justice is a living thing. He writes: Because his mind was free, Nietzsche knew that freedom of the mind is not a comfort, but an achievement to which one aspires and at long last obtains after an exhausting struggle. He must look without towards others. At the end of the book, Camus espouses the possible moral superiority of the ethics and political plan of syndicalism.

Simultaneously this concept of man destroys any idea of a divinely transcendent being.

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The Rebel by Albert Camus