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When: Thursday 8 June, from 7pm

Where: The Barn at Much Ado Books

Tickets: £10, including a copy of The Myth of Sisyphus (pick it up early so you can read the essay first!). Refreshments to be served. Used the button below to pay with Paypal or a debit or credit card.


Discussion Evening: Camus' The Myth of Sisyphus

Join us on 8 June for a discussion evening focussing on the Albert Camus' famous essay, approaching questions of existence, purpose and meaning though the lens of his 'philosophy of the absurd'.

Camus (1913 – 1960) was an Algerian-born French writer and philosopher who occupied a central position in the existentialist movement. He was a key figure in 20th century literature, a Nobel laureate, and a close friend of Sartre’s. The Myth of Sisyphus is the principle text in which he gives voice to his philosophy; in it, you can glimpse the impetus behind his whole world-view.

The divorce between oneself and ones life, ‘the actor and his setting,’ is, for Camus, the essence of the absurd; a life lived forever at a distance from its supposed aim. Should one then denounce life? Give it up? Camus responds with an emphatic no. And so starts a rather curious account of what a life led in the absence of any lucid meaning might entail. Bold, contentious, and a challenge to all forms of nihilism, this essay is sure to provoke debate.

The evening will be led by Much Ado associate and philosophy student Paris Higgins. Paris has been studying philosophy for close to a decade, and is laying plans to study for an MPhilStud at Kingston. ‘My main passion is 19th century and late 20th century continental thought, though my interests range into fields such as psychoanalysis and the arts, he says.  ‘I look forward to introducing this lively thinker and to revisiting existentialist thought in the hope of gleaning something new and of contemporary relevance from it.’

Tickets for the evening cost £10, and include a copy of the Penguin edition of Camus’ essay. You can pick up your copy of the book before the evening, so you can read it in advance if you like. Light refreshments will be served.

There are only a limited number of seats available around the discussion table, so book early to secure your place.