Camus and Absurdism

absurd definition

The Concept of absurd plays a major role in Camus and existentialism philosophy: the Stranger (1942) and the Myth of Sisyphus (1942) defines the absurd as the divorce between man and the world.

General Definitions:

In Latin absurdus, which has forged a sound that unusual, absurd, preposterous.

– Logic: contradictory, contrary to logic and its rules, which violates these rules.

– Vocabulary existentialist: refers to what is meaningless, what can not be rationally justified (eg human existence is absurd).

Specific definitions of philosophers:


– “Such a choice is as absurd beyond all reason” (Being and Nothingness)


– “The world itself is not reasonable […] But what is absurd is the confrontation of this irrational and (the) desperate desire for clarity whose call echoes in the depths of man ” (The Myth of Sisyphus)

Expressions and terms related or derivative:

Reasoning (reductio ad absurdum): type of reasoning that will demonstrate the truth of a proposition by pointing out the consequences which the contradictory proposition false leads.

Associated terms:

Case absurd as an adjective:

– Relationship between neighbors: contradictory, illogical, irrational

– The relationship of dependence: human condition, life, logic, reason, meaning

– Relationship opposition: logical, rational


Cite this article as: Tim, "Camus and Absurdism, May 22, 2012, " in Philosophy & Philosophers, May 22, 2012,

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