Global Political Thinkers

Camus and the Challenge of Political Thought

Between Despair and Hope

Authors: Hayden, P.

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Albert Camus was a formative artist, writer and public figure whose work defies conventional labels, and whose legacy is controversial but substantial. His distinctive contribution to modern ethical and political thought remains far from settled. Camus and the Challenge of Political Thought comprehensively yet concisely explores how Camus's compelling ideas of absurdity and rebellion emerged, how his complex political engagements and positions developed, and how his conception of an ethics of limits and measure retains a vital, contemporary resonance in an era of unsettling global politics. Drawing upon the full range of Camus's notebooks, novels, plays and philosophical essays, Hayden shows Camus to be an original political thinker of human dignity and freedom whose life and work sought to navigate between the twin dangers of idealistic optimism and nihilistic despair.

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Patrick Hayden is Professor of Political Theory and International Relations at the University of St Andrews, UK. His books include Recognition and Global Politics: Critical Encounters between State and World (2015, with Kate Schick); Hannah Arendt: Key Concepts (2014) ; Political Evil in a Global Age: Hannah Arendt and International Theory (2009); Critical Theories of Globalization (2006), with Chamsy el-Ojeili); and Cosmopolitan Global Politics (2005).

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Situating Camus

    Pages 1-20

    Hayden, Patrick

  • Human Existence and the Tragic Beauty of the Absurd

    Pages 21-41

    Hayden, Patrick

  • Rebellion and an Ethics of Measure

    Pages 42-65

    Hayden, Patrick

  • Politics and the Limits of Violence

    Pages 66-90

    Hayden, Patrick

  • From Justice to Solidarity

    Pages 91-110

    Hayden, Patrick

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Camus and the Challenge of Political Thought
Book Subtitle
Between Despair and Hope
Authors
Series Title
Global Political Thinkers
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-52583-3
DOI
10.1057/9781137525833
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-52582-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 146
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