“IPA FLYING UNIVERSITY”

SUNDAY, 1 DECEMBER 2013, 6:30-10PM, AT

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ALBERT CAMUS, OR THE DEFINITION OF THE REBEL WITH RESPECT TO SOCIAL INTEGRITY 

 

It has been suggested that the first discontinuity to be overcome is that between social integrity and the rebel; the latter is thought to wage war on the former. But perhaps we need to develop a more nuanced understanding of this outsider, this ‘beyond,’ via political anthropology: are there rebels that are necessary to human society? The lifework of Albert Camus (1913-1960) incorporates a recognition of the value, even the bliss, of life in an attempt to convey reality vividly; and at the same time it is a desperate effort to express in familiar terms a frighteningly alien vision of the world – the world that was about to come into being in Camus’ day, and that is perhaps already our own. Camus is best remembered as proponent of schismatic divisions – yet, could anything be more solid, dense, or even bodily serious, as his view of the bliss of life and the threats to it? Camus is famed for despising the materialism of the leading intellectuals around him, who were entrapped in the same logic of exclusiveness against which they claimed to rebel. Camus was indeed a rebel, a foreigner to his age, who still got hold of the highest form of truth – yet. 

 

Invited Speakers

Tom Boland, Paolo Bonari, John O’Brien,

James Cuffe; Julian Davis;

Agnes Horvath; Colin Sumner; Arpad Szakolczai; JesenkoTesan

 

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