Each day millions of people ask themselves, is this life worth living? There 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.
With lyric eloquence, Albert Camus brilliantly posits a way out of despair, reaffirming the value of personal existence, and the possibility of life lived with dignity and authenticity.
About the Author: Born in Algeria in 1913, Albert Camus published The Stranger—now one of the most widely read novels of this century—in 1942.
It’s a great follow-up, as an original text, to that book The Age of Absurdity, I recommended last year. One of the most influential works of this century, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays is a crucial exposition of existentialist thought.
Albert Camus was a French philosopher, author, and journalist.
Celebrated in intellectual circles, Camus was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957.
On January 4, 1960, he was killed in a car accident.
Camus is concerned here with whether the idea that life is meaningless necessarily implies that life is not worth living; is suicide a solution to the absurd?
Camus held that we should not be fooled to think that because there are only two possible outcomes (life or suicide, that there are only two possible answers to this question.