This page features a collection of the best resources on Albert Camus. To get started, simply choose the type of resource that best suits your learning style.
If you want an academic overview of Camus:
- Read the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on Albert Camus. However, you should keep in mind that the Stanford Encyclopedia in often quite technical and this article may be difficult for beginners. It’s also quite long at around 11,000 words. Here’s a short excerpt that introduces Camus:
“Albert Camus (1913–1960) was a journalist, editor and editorialist, playwright and director, novelist and author of short stories, political essayist and activist—and, although he more than once denied it, a philosopher. He ignored or opposed systematic philosophy, had little faith in rationalism, asserted rather than argued many of his main ideas, presented others in metaphors, was preoccupied with immediate and personal experience, and brooded over such questions as the meaning of life in the face of death. Although he forcefully separated himself from existentialism, Camus posed one of the twentieth century’s best-known existentialist questions, which launches The Myth of Sisyphus: “There is only one really serious philosophical question, and that is suicide” (MS, 3)….”
If you’re looking for a somewhat shorter and more engaging introduction:
- Read Sam Dresser’s article: How Camus and Sartre split up over the question of how to be free [1300 words]
If you’d prefer a video introduction:
- Watch the Academy of Ideas’ video: Introduction to Camus: The Absurd, Revolt, and Rebellion [11 mins]
If you prefer audio and podcasts:
- Listen to Edward Hughes discuss Albert Camus and the Absurd on The Philosopher’s Zone podcast [25 mins]
While these resources are a great starting point, there’s only so much you can learn by using free online resources. If you want to learn more, check out this list of the best books on Albert Camus.
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