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Living with Sisyphus


Grover, Kshitij (2017) Living with Sisyphus. Other, California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/AEES-Y231.


My aim in this paper will be to get a grip on the absurdist reply to, "What is the meaning of life? How should we live well?". Absurdism, related to pessimism, holds that the world is generally meaningless or purposeless. Specifically, I will provide a detailed exposition of Albert Camus' absurdist philosophy as detailed in The Myth of Sisyphus. I will then aim to present three arguments against Camus' existentialist methodology by examining his principle assumptions, pointing out contradictions in his account, and finally rejecting his normative recommendations. Finally, I will briefly advocate for some accounts that allow us to create meaning in our lives following a combination of subjective well being and eudaimonia.

Item Type:Thesis (Other)
Subject Keywords:Gordon McClure Memorial Communications Prize ; Gordon McClure Memorial Communications Prize - Philosophy ; Hixon Writing Center
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Humanities and Social Sciences
Major Option:Philosophy
Awards:Gordon McClure Memorial Communications Prize - Philosophy, 2017.
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Group:Gordon McClure Memorial Communications Prize, Gordon McClure Memorial Communications Prize - Philosophy, Hixon Writing Center
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Defense Date:28 March 2017
Record Number:CaltechTHESIS:05242017-161624077
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ID Code:10201
Deposited By: Leslie Rico
Deposited On:25 May 2017 23:01
Last Modified:15 Sep 2022 18:10

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