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By Robert Zaretsky

"Like many others of my iteration, I first learn Camus in highschool. I carried him in my backpack whereas touring throughout Europe, I carried him into (and out of) relationships, and that i carried him into (and out of) tough classes of my lifestyles. extra lately, i've got carried him into collage sessions that i've got taught, popping out of them with a renewed appreciation of his paintings. to be certain, my notion of Camus thirty years in the past scarcely resembles my thought of him at the present time. whereas my admiration and attachment to his writings stay as nice as they have been in the past, the explanations are extra advanced and critical."—Robert Zaretsky

On October sixteen, 1957, Albert Camus used to be eating in a small eating place on Paris's Left financial institution while a waiter approached him with information: the radio had simply introduced that Camus had gained the Nobel Prize for Literature. Camus insisted mistake were made and that others have been way more deserving of the respect than he. but Camus used to be already famous worldwide because the voice of a generation—a prestige he had completed with dizzying pace. He released his first novel, The Stranger, in 1942 and emerged from the conflict because the spokesperson for the Resistance and, even supposing he always rejected the label, for existentialism. next works of fiction (including the novels The Plague and The Fall), philosophy (notably, the parable of Sisyphus and The Rebel), drama, and social feedback secured his literary and highbrow acceptance. after which on January four, 1960, 3 years after accepting the Nobel Prize, he was once killed in a vehicle accident.

In a e-book amazing via readability and keenness, Robert Zaretsky considers why Albert Camus mattered in his personal lifetime and maintains to topic this day, concentrating on key moments that formed Camus's improvement as a author, a public highbrow, and a guy. each one bankruptcy is dedicated to a particular occasion: Camus's stopover at to Kabylia in 1939 to record at the stipulations of the neighborhood Berber tribes; his choice in 1945 to signal a petition to go back and forth the dying sentence of collaborationist author Robert Brasillach; his well-known quarrel with Jean-Paul Sartre in 1952 over the character of communism; and his silence concerning the battle in Algeria in 1956. either engaged and interesting, Albert Camus: parts of a lifestyles is a looking out spouse to a profoundly ethical and lucid author whose works supply a advisor for these puzzled by means of the absurdity of the human situation and the world's resistance to which means.

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They also each have their positive virtues. On the one hand, there is the desire for explanatory pattern and order and the recognition that people have only an imperfect knowledge and understanding of the world and their place in it. Hence the need for a view from ‘above’. On the other hand, there is the importance and value of what people know as a resource for social science and the undefined human capacity for making life up, from moment to moment. Hence, the need for a view from ‘below’. In terms of Bourdieu’s intellectual history there is, on one side, structuralism (objectivism) and, on the other, existentialism (subjectivism).

17] Here we have ‘the objectification of objectification’ at work. Bourdieu the ethnographer is reflecting upon the testimony of informants, not only as a product of their own existences but also as an artifact of the research relationship and objectivism. Further, he also points out the mutually confirming interaction between the folk models of natives and the analytical or theoretical predilections of the social scientist. Although Bourdieu’s epistemological reflections are located largely in his anthropological works (specifically Outline of a Theory of Practice and The Logic of Practice), it is clear from other passages that they are of equal relevance to his work as a sociologist.

This is the criterion against which he offers himself for judgement. In assessing that contribution, however, a further important point to bear in mind is Bourdieu’s rejection of the project of ‘grand theory’. [4] In this chapter, three of Bourdieu’s most important ‘thinking tools’—the concepts of practice, habitus and field—will be discussed. However, regardless for the moment of whether or not Bourdieu writes the kind of conceptual gobbledygook that passes for theory in much of French social science, in refusing to identify himself as a theoretician, Bourdieu is being too modest.

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