Camus and the Challenge of Political Thought: Between Despair and Hope

  • Patrick Hayden

Part of the Global Political Thinkers book series (GPT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Patrick Hayden
    Pages 1-20
  3. Patrick Hayden
    Pages 42-65
  4. Patrick Hayden
    Pages 66-90
  5. Patrick Hayden
    Pages 91-110
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    Pages 111-128
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    Pages 129-132
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 133-142

About this book


Albert Camus was a formative artist, writer and public figure whose work defies conventional labels, and whose legacy is controversial but substantial. His distinctive contribution to modern ethical and political thought remains far from settled. Camus and the Challenge of Political Thought comprehensively yet concisely explores how Camus's compelling ideas of absurdity and rebellion emerged, how his complex political engagements and positions developed, and how his conception of an ethics of limits and measure retains a vital, contemporary resonance in an era of unsettling global politics. Drawing upon the full range of Camus's notebooks, novels, plays and philosophical essays, Hayden shows Camus to be an original political thinker of human dignity and freedom whose life and work sought to navigate between the twin dangers of idealistic optimism and nihilistic despair.


Albert Camus Philosophy Existentialism Cosmopolitanism Dialogue Dignity Globalization Justice Nihilism Rebellion Revolt Revolution Solidarity Violence desegregation existentialism globalization Political Thought politics revolution violence work

Authors and affiliations

  • Patrick Hayden
    • 1
  1. 1.University of St AndrewsUK

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