Authenticity in the Early Works

  • Joseph McBride


Le Mythe de Sisyphe, as we have seen, opens with the claim that “there is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide.” Camus’ “problem” is to determine what the appropriate human response to the absurd is. L’homme absurde has, we are told, three options open to him: “philosophical suicide,” “physical annihilation” and “revolt.”1 Most of Camus’ essay is devoted to a consideration of the relevant merits of these three possibilities and to an explication of the moral code entailed by “revolt.” This section of the present study will examine each of these options in turn.


Conscious Awareness Moral Code Present Life False Hope Distinguished Code 
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© Joseph McBride 1992

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