Christian Metaphysics and Neoplatonism. South Bend, IN: St. Augustine Press, Christian Metaphysics and Neoplatonism is an important contribution to the study of Camus as well as to the disciplines of religion, philosophy, literature, and political theory.
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These aspirations amounted to a fundamental reorientation of human life in politics, religion, science, and philosophy. Understanding the nature and achievement of that reorientation became the central task of Christian Metaphysics and Neoplatonism. When Camus cites an ancient primary source, whether in French translation or in the original language, Srigley substitutes a standard English translation in the interest of making his edition accessible to a wider range of readers.
As the only stand-alone English version of this important work—and a long-overdue critical edition—his fluent translation is an essential benchmark in our understanding of Camus and his place in modern thought.
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Mar 18, Christian Proano rated it really liked it. Very interesting analysis, particularly when he actually touches on Plotinus and Augustinianism. The author poses that Christianity had no metaphysics but until it encountered gnosticism and neoplatonism I still think that the best way to appreciate this type of writings is by contrasting it with Yannaras' "On The Absence and Unknowability of God" and "Elements of Faith". View all 3 comments. Jan 20, Elese rated it liked it.
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Readers also enjoyed. About Albert Camus. Albert Camus. Albert Camus was a representative of non-metropolitan French literature. His origin in Algeria and his experiences there in the thirties were dominating influences in his thought and work. Of semi-proletarian parents, early attached to intellectual circles of strongly revolutionary tendencies, with a deep interest in philosophy only chance prevented him from pursuing a university care Albert Camus was a representative of non-metropolitan French literature.
Of semi-proletarian parents, early attached to intellectual circles of strongly revolutionary tendencies, with a deep interest in philosophy only chance prevented him from pursuing a university career in that field , he came to France at the age of twenty-five. The man and the times met: Camus joined the resistance movement during the occupation and after the liberation was a columnist for the newspaper Combat. But his journalistic activities had been chiefly a response to the demands of the time; in Camus retired from political journalism and, besides writing his fiction and essays, was very active in the theatre as producer and playwright e.
The essay Le Mythe de Sisyphe The Myth of Sisyphus , , expounds Camus's notion of the absurd and of its acceptance with "the total absence of hope, which has nothing to do with despair, a continual refusal, which must not be confused with renouncement - and a conscious dissatisfaction".
Rieux of La Peste The Plague , , who tirelessly attends the plague-stricken citizens of Oran, enacts the revolt against a world of the absurd and of injustice, and confirms Camus's words: "We refuse to despair of mankind.
Without having the unreasonable ambition to save men, we still want to serve them".
Neoplatonism, Christianity, and Camus
It was published in when Camus was 23 years old. Camus uses Augustine and Pelagius to elaborate his moral views in regard to Greek thought and Christianity. This book is important as it is the first attempt of Camus to explore humanist ethics. Camus wrote his thesis in order to complete his studies at the University of Algiers. The thesis is a historical study, in which Camus attempts to elucidate the relationships between evangelical Christianity , the Greek philosophy of the first few centuries anno domini , and the dogmatic Christianism established by Saint Augustine. Camus knew how to read Latin quotes from the work of Saint Augustine are mostly in Latin , but knew very little of ancient Greek ,  and the Greek philosophers are quoted in French translations.
Christian Metaphysics and Neoplatonism
Born in in Algeria, Albert Camus was a French novelist, dramatist, and essayist. He was deeply affected by the plight of the French during the Nazi occupation of World War II, who were subject to the military's arbitrary whims. He explored the existential human condition in such works as L'Etranger The Outsider, and Le Mythe de Sisyphe The Myth of Sisyphus, , which propagated the philosophical notion of the "absurd" that was being given dramatic expression by other Theatre of the Absurd dramatists of the s and s. Camus also wrote a number of plays, including Caligula Much of his work was translated into English. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in