Albert Camus

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Early Life

(1913-1960) Born on 7th of November in Mondavi, French Algeria
Father died in WW1, he then moves to live with his mother in a small poor Algerian village. He was raised a catholic however seemed to be a naturally born pagan with very little belief in the supernatural.


University of Algiers,
He gained a undergraduate and graduate in philosophy. He became very engaged in politics during his school years at University of Algiers, he was a part of the Communist party and later the Algerian people’s party. Later joined the French Anarchist movement

He played goalie for the schools football team(soccer), later when asked about his time he said "After many years during which I saw many things, what I know most surely about morality and the duty of man I owe to sport and learned it in the RUA"

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His first wife (Simone Híe) and Albert got married in 1934, however they divorced shortly after the married. In 1940 he then married Francine Faure, a mathematician, this was to many people an unusual thing because he had always argued against the institute of married. He argued that it was unnatural. He himself had multiple affairs.


Pacifists but joined French resistance, met Jean-Paul Sartre
He wrote political commentaries throughout the entire conflict much like Jean-Paul Sartre. In 1945 he became one of the only allied journalists to go against and judge the use of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.He was also an outspoken critic of communist theory, eventually leading to a rift with Sartre.
It was during WWII that he wrote the stranger (1942), and the The Myth of Sisphy

Existentialism and Absuredism

Camus was often characterized as a Existentialist, But he rejected the Idea and instead preferred absurdism, Absurdism is often characterized as a form of existentialism.

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