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PHIL 1002
Rebecca Jubis

10 Camus Saving SisyphusSerious philosophical businessSisyphuss punishmentHow to give Sisyphus meaningCamus treats the question of the meaning of life as perhaps the most important of all philosophical questions it is the most lifeanddeath of all themThere is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy All the restwhether or not the world has three dimensions whether the mind has nine or twelve categoriescomes afterwards These are games one must first answer 72Camus presents the line of reasoning weve called the Nihilists Worry by appeal to a character in ancient Greek mythology SisyphusAccording to the myth Sisyphus was a cunning king of Corinth He managed to trick death for a time and return from the underworld For this he was punished by Zeus to a life of frustration in Tartarus hell having been brought back to the underworld he was forced to spend eternity pushing a large stone up a hill only to have it roll back down again before reaching the top to be pushed back up and so on in an endless cycleIn Homers epic The Odyssey the hero O
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