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Camus' Literary Ethics

Between Form and Content


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Grace Whistler
    Pages 1-46
  3. Grace Whistler
    Pages 47-72
  4. Grace Whistler
    Pages 73-95
  5. Grace Whistler
    Pages 97-119
  6. Grace Whistler
    Pages 121-145
  7. Grace Whistler
    Pages 147-174
  8. Grace Whistler
    Pages 175-196
  9. Grace Whistler
    Pages 197-200
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 201-209

About this book


This book seeks to establish the relevance of Albert Camus’ philosophy and literature to contemporary ethics. By examining Camus’ innovative methods of approaching moral problems, Whistler demonstrates that Camus’ work has much to offer the world of ethics— Camus does philosophy differently, and the insights his methodologies offer could prove invaluable in both ethical theory and practice. Camus sees lived experience and emotion as ineliminable in ethics, and thus he chooses literary methods of communicating moral problems in an attempt to draw positively on these aspects of human morality. Using case studies of Camus’ specific literary methods, including dialogue, myth, mime and syntax, Whistler pinpoints the efficacy of each of Camus’ attempts to flesh-out moral problems, and thus shows just how much contemporary ethics could benefit from such a diversification in method.


Albert Camus fiction moral philosophy literature moral reasoning The Absurd the novel

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of YorkYorkUK

About the authors

Grace Whistler gained her PhD in Philosophy at the University of York. She has published articles in numerous journals including Literature and Theology and the Journal of Life Writing, as well as having written the chapter on ‘The Absurd’ for Brill’s Companion to Albert Camus. 

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