Camus and forgiveness, after the fall

Sharpe, Matthew 2018, Camus and forgiveness, after the fall. In La Caze, Marguerite (ed), Phenomenology and Forgiveness, Rowman & Littlefield, London, Eng., pp.149-163.

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Title Camus and forgiveness, after the fall
Author(s) Sharpe, MatthewORCID iD for Sharpe, Matthew
Title of book Phenomenology and Forgiveness
Editor(s) La Caze, Marguerite
Publication date 2018
Chapter number 9
Total chapters 12
Start page 149
End page 163
Total pages 15
Publisher Rowman & Littlefield
Place of Publication London, Eng.
Keyword(s) Camus
the Fall
universalisation of guilt
Summary The chapter has two main parts. Part One looks at Camus’s argumentthat totalitarian regimes universalize a sense of guilt in their populations,without possibility of reprieve. It then exposes Camus’s wider argument that the twentieth-century totalitarian notion of “objective guilt” secularizes the Augustinian solution to the problem of evil, by blaming it upon innate human sinfulness. Part Two turns to La Chute (The Fall). It examines how the monologue of Jean-Baptiste Clamence in this novella is shaped by a possibility that he glimpses but cannot accept. This is the possibility of a forgiveness that would also be the precondition for relations with others that escape the dialectics of master and slave, guilt and reprisals, and which is more positively staged in the short story “La Pierre Qui Pousse” (“The Growing Stone”) that closes L’Exil et le Royaume (Exile and the Kingdom). In our Concluding Remarks, we draw out three features of Camus’s philosophy of forgiveness, as they emerge from Camus’s later texts.
Edition 1st
Language eng
Field of Research 220209 History of Ideas
220307 Hermeneutic and Critical Theory
Socio Economic Objective 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
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