Chapter 2. The Absurd

  1. David Sherman

Published Online: 24 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444303278.ch2



How to Cite

Sherman, D. (2008) The Absurd, in Camus, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444303278.ch2

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 10 OCT 2008

Book Series:

  1. Blackwell Great Minds

Book Series Editors:

  1. Steven Nadler

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405159302

Online ISBN: 9781444303278



  • the Absurd - phenomenon universal instead of particular in scope;
  • Camus - not the first to articulate the concept of the Absurd;
  • Camus articulated the Absurd - experience of the Great Depression and World War II;
  • The Myth of Sisyphuss - Camus's Sisyphean ethics;
  • Camus's earliest published works - lyrical essays comprising The Wrong Side and the Right Side and Nuptials;
  • life before the fall;
  • short pre-history of the absurd;
  • Camus's absurd problematic;
  • one giant leap back, one small step forward - the problem of meaning;
  • Camus's existential phenomenology


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Life Before the Fall

  • A Short Pre-History of the Absurd

  • Camus's Absurd Problematic

  • One Giant Leap Back, One Small Step Forward: the Problem of Meaning

  • Camus's Existential Phenomenology

  • Camus's Sisyphean Ethics

  • The Myth of Sisyphus

  • notes

  • further reading