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Albert Camus

Pakistan and the Tragedy of Our Time

Ethan Casey | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Ethan Casey

Moral and intellectual clarity about the world we live in are not compatible with self-exculpating glibness. Our adversaries' wrongness does not mean we are in the right. The substance of the terrorists' victory lies exactly in their success in having persuaded Western societies to empower our own authoritarian regimes.

France's Prime Minister Knows What's in a Name

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 11.13.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

This is not the first time that Manuel Valls has proposed changing the name of the French Socialist Party. That he has returned to the subject from the vantage point of his present position -- which is, like it or not, the head of the majority -- obviously gives his suggestion new weight.

Plague Plots -- Dispatches From Albert Camus

Joseph Cooper | Posted 11.03.2014 | Books
Joseph Cooper

A hands-on doctor tries to get public officials to recognize infestations as bubonic and pneumonic plagues. Can a novel's depictions inform discussions about Ebola?

Friday Talking Points -- Don't Panic

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

That headline, of course, quotes the cover to the fictional Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy: "Don't Panic." This week, it seems like timely advice, as the news media and American politicians go into full-blown panic mode over one death and two illnesses within the United States.

The Plague

John Feffer | Posted 10.28.2014 | World
John Feffer

At what point do mistakes aggregate into something evil? At the very least, do they prevent us from claiming the mantle of good? And, of course, it's not just the mistakes that are problematic but also the deliberate policies that, for instance, align Washington with dictators and other murderous actors.

Why Buddhist Meditation Can't Solve All Our Problems

Ted Cadsby | Posted 06.21.2014 | Religion
Ted Cadsby

Our muddling is forever constant because the human condition is a predicament to be continually managed, not a problem to be fixed or solved.

Liberty, Equality, and -- Especially -- Fraternity

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 04.08.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

In this time of provocative and suggestive "quenelles" and bananas hurled at government officials, of rancid hatred and incendiary clamor, of generalized resentment and vindictive rivalries, we have forgotten a word that badly needs reinventing. That word is fraternity.

I Think, Therefore I am. Sam-I-Am

Francis Levy | Posted 01.25.2014 | Books
Francis Levy

"Aujourd'hui, Maman est morte. Ou peut-etre hier, je ne sais pas..." is the first line of The Stranger. The Albert Camus classic replaced the Gideon ...

Remembering Albert Camus and Longing for the Old Atheism

John Carlson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
John Carlson

Camus makes us long for the days of the "old atheism" when religious people weren't mocked for their so-called irrational beliefs; bullied by the charge that "religion poisons everything"; and told to step aside while secularism sweeps clean the religious debris from public life.

7 Things You Didn't Know About Albert Camus

Robert Zaretsky | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Robert Zaretsky

Camus was not an existentialist. Smoking a Gauloise cigarette over an espresso in a Parisian café does not an existentialist make. Nor does an intense, but brief friendship with the poster child for existentialism, Jean-Paul Sartre.

Camus at 100

Ronald Aronson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Ronald Aronson

Young and old, we can also be inspired by his sheer political courage. The two strengths came together in his brave but futile campaign to end attacks on civilians during the Algerian War, which he hoped would reduce suffering and might lead to dialogue.

Clinging to Mass Violence

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 10.21.2013 | World
Lawrence Wittner

Is the human race determined to snuff itself out through mass violence? There are many signs that it is.

The Pursuit of Edward Snowden: Washington in a Rage, Striving to Run the World

Norman Solomon | Posted 08.24.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

How can we have real consent of the governed when the government is entrenched with extreme secrecy, surveillance and contempt for privacy?

Religion, Secularity And Suicide

Richard W. Kropf | Posted 07.07.2013 | Religion
Richard W. Kropf

We all know, or think we do, what religion is. Nor is there any question in anyone's mind regarding the finality of suicide. But regardless of all the ranting against secularism by churchmen or religionists, there seems to be quite a bit of confusion on the subject.

Terror, Torture And Resistance

Joshua Eaton | Posted 07.06.2013 | Religion
Joshua Eaton

In the figures of completely normal American college students turned terrorists and of torture done at the hands of American soldiers, we are forced to come face-to-face with our own capacity for destruction -- a capacity that is playing itself out in our economy, in our foreign policy and in our very chances for a future on this planet.

City on a Hill: An Expat Reflects on the Boston Marathon Bombings

Elizabeth Nicholas | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics
Elizabeth Nicholas

Boston sends its graduates off steeped in a history of tenacious optimism particularly helpful in countering potentially dispiriting facts.

Know These Books

Nick Kolakowski | Posted 08.19.2012 | Books
Nick Kolakowski

Lists are arbitrary. No formula can rank James Joyce over Vladimir Nabokov, or Edith Wharton over Jane Austen. The intellectual knows it's most important to try and read all those great novels.

To Be or not to Be... Hopeful

Graham Milne | Posted 06.30.2012 | Books
Graham Milne

"If my critics saw me walking over the Thames they would say it was because I couldn't swim." - Margaret Thatcher (great line regardless of whether yo...

Atheists And The F-Word

David Lose | Posted 04.07.2012 | Religion
David Lose

The values that guide both our everyday and extraordinary ethical decisions are just that: values, not facts. Values are philosophical or religious speculation about what should be.

Samuel Beckett's Reading List

Posted 12.20.2011 | Books

From This Side of the Pond, Cambridge University Press' Blog Samuel Beckett’s letters are full of the literary names he encountered through his w...

Movie Review: My Afternoons with Margueritte

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.14.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

His recent airplane exploits aside, Gerard Depardieu remains one of the great actors of French film. And the fabulous brute adds further to his legacy with the comic, touching My Afternoons with Margueritte.

New Albert Camus Literary Conspiracy Theory

The Observer | Kim Willsher in Paris | Posted 10.08.2011 | Books

When the French philosopher, author and inveterate womaniser Albert Camus died in a car accident in 1960 just two years after winning the Nobel prize ...

An Iranian Suicide

Ben S. Cohen | Posted 07.03.2011 | World
Ben S. Cohen

A prominent journalist and critic before the Islamist seizure of power in 1979, Siamak Pourzand had endured more than three decades of vicious harassment at the hands of the regime.

Exhaust the Limits: New Book Speaks to One Man's Successful Mission to Help Humanity

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Although our lives have turned out different, I learned in my friend Charles "Chic" Dambach's exciting new book, Exhaust the Limits, that we have much...

Son Objects to Moving Albert Camus's Remains To Pantheon

AP | JAMEY KEATEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

PARIS — Albert Camus' children are torn about whether to allow the Nobel Prize-winning author's remains to be moved from southern France to Pari...