Chapter 7. Facing Death Together: Camus's The Plague

  1. Garry L. Hagberg Chair
  1. Robert C. Solomon

Published Online: 23 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444302813.ch7

Art and Ethical Criticism

Art and Ethical Criticism

How to Cite

Solomon, R. C. (2008) Facing Death Together: Camus's The Plague, in Art and Ethical Criticism (ed G. L. Hagberg), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444302813.ch7

Editor Information

  1. University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK

Author Information

  1. Quincy Lee Centennial Professor of Philosophy and Business, University of Texas, Austin, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 20 JUN 2008

Book Series:

  1. New Directions in Aesthetics

Book Series Editors:

  1. Dominic McIver Lopes3 and
  2. Berys Gaut4

Series Editor Information

  1. 3

    University of British Columbia, Canada

  2. 4

    University of St Andrews, UK

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405134835

Online ISBN: 9781444302813



  • facing death together - Camus's the plague;
  • facing death;
  • individuals and shared destinies;
  • rats! a note on plague;
  • “The Black Death” in England;
  • Camus in his novels The Stranger and The Fall;
  • The Plague as Horror;
  • facing death together and being-with-others;
  • supposedly heroic struggle to “keep the Absurd alive” - Camus's philosophy


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Facing Death

  • Individuals and Shared Destinies

  • Rats! A Note on Plague

  • The Plague as Horror

  • Facing Death Together: Being-with-Others