Poetry from 05/2014

24 May 2014

Albert Camus

BBC host: Melvyn Bragg talks about the Algerian-French writer and Existentialist/philosopher Albert Camus, with  Peter Dunwoodie, Professor of French Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London; David Walker, Professor of French at the University of Sheffield; Christina Howells, Professor of French at Wadham College, University of Oxford.


Further Reading
ARONSON, Ronald, Camus and Sartre: The Story of a Friendship and the Quarrel that Ended It (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004)

BRAUN, Lev, Albert Camus: Witness of Decline (1974)

BRÉE, Germaine, Albert Camus (1959)

CARROLL, David, Albert Camus the Algerian: Colonialism, Terrorism, Justice (New York: Columbia University Press, 2007)

CRUICKSHANK, John, Albert Camus and the Literature of Revolt (1960)

DUNWOODIE, Peter, Writing French Algeria (Oxford: Clarendon, 1998)

ELLISON, David, Understanding Albert Camus (Columbia: Uni. of South Carolina Press, 1990)

FREEMAN, Edward, The Theatre of Albert Camus: A Critical Study (1971)

HANNA, Thomas, The Thought and Art of Albert Camus (1958)

HUGHES, E.J., The Cambridge Companion to Camus (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007)

LONGSTAFFE, Moya, The Fiction of Albert Camus: A Complex Simplicity (Oxford/Bern, Peter Lang, 2007)

LOTTMAN, Herbert, Albert Camus: A Biography (1979)

McCARTHY, Patrick, Camus: A Critical Study of his Life and Work (1982)

MASTERS, Brian, Camus: A Study (1974)

O’BRIEN, Conor Cruise, Camus (1970)

PARKER, Emmett, Albert Camus: the Artist in the Arena (1965)

RIZZUTO, Anthony, Camus: Love and Sexuality (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1998)

SAGI, Avi, Albert Camus and the Philosophy of the Absurd (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2002)

SOLOMON, Robert C, Grim Thoughts: Experience and Reflection in Camus and Sartre (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006)

THODY, Philip, Albert Camus 1913-1960 (1961)

TODD, Olivier, Albert Camus: A Life, trans. B. Ivry (New York: Knopf, 1997)












22 May 2014

12 May 2014


Dr. Sproul provides a very dramatic description of Existentialism and the defining ideas that have made it what it is. He is a very effective speaker and makes his point with confidence and clarity.

Dr. Sproul talks about the book Being and Time by Martin Heidegger during his lecture.
For Martin Heidegger, what defines the human being is this capacity to be perplexed by the deepest and most enigmatic of questions: Why is there something rather than nothing? So, the task of Being and Time is reawakening in us a taste for perplexity, a taste for questioning.
The first line of Being and Time is, "We are ourselves the entities to be analysed". This is the key to the crucial concept of mineness (Jemeinigkeit), with which the book begins: if I am the being for whom being is a question – "to be or not to be" – then the question of being is mine to be, one way or another. This brings us to a very important point: if the being of being human is defined by mineness, then my being should not be matter of indifferenceto me. A table or chair cannot recite Hamlet's soliloquy or undergo the experience of self-questioning and self-doubt that such words express. But we can. This is the kernel of Heidegger's idea of authenticity (Eigentlichkeit), which more accurately expresses what is proper to the human being, what is its own. For Heidegger, there are two dominant modes of being human:  Authentic  vs Inauthentic.






4 May 2014

Being and Time

Bryan Magee and Hubert Dreyfus discuss Martin Heidegger and Edmund Husserl.

Hubert Dreyfus is known for his interpretation of Martin Heidegger, which critics labelled "Dreydegger.”
Erasmus University awarded Dreyfus an honorary doctorate "for his brilliant and highly influential work in the field of artificial intelligence, and for his equally outstanding contributions to the analysis and interpretation of twentieth century continental philosophy.”

Edmund Husserl is best known as the father of the 20th Century Phenomenology movement.