In pursuit of a justification of living : a comparative study of Dostoyevsky and Camus

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Hope Keeton (Creator)
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Abstract: The works of Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Albert Camus are intensely relevant to our times. Although Dostoyevsky is irrevocably grounded in nineteenth century Russia and Camus in twentieth century Algeria and France, the human condition described by both differs only in specifics. This study attempts to show how both writers start from essentially similar definitions of the human condition and how each proceeds to construct his own different system of belief as a consequence of that definition. The two lines of thought start from essentially the same point, are many times parallel, but are ultimately infinitely apart. We are left with two solutions to the dilimna of modern man: "The world being as it is, how can I live and justify my existence." 1We can accept neither solution totally; each of us has to resolve the question for ourselves. First of all, Kan analyzes his relationship to the universe, judges it, and consequently judges its creator.

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Honors Project
Language: English
Date: 1967

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