Foxlee, Neil (2010) “Abstraction”, anti-intellectualisme, autocritique chez le jeune Camus. In: La Revue des Lettres Modernes: Albert Camus. La revue des lettres modernes, 22 . Lettres Modernes, Paris, France, pp. 155-173. ISBN 978-2256901362
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Camus’s rejection of ‘abstraction’ in favour of the concrete is widely recognized as a key element of his world-view and a theme that runs through much of his work. Drawing on Camus’s references to his family background and early intellectual influences (Bergson and Nietzsche) in his juvenilia, this article argues that the roots of this preoccupation lie in a self-critical reaction against his youthful anti-intellectualism. In coming to terms with himself as an intellectual whose intelligence threatened to separate him from his working-class roots, Camus distinguished between a ‘good’ and a ‘bad’ intelligence, identifying the latter with rationalism and ‘abstraction’.
|Item Type:||Book Section|
|Subjects:||European languages, literature & related subjects > Romanian studies|
|Schools:||Faculty of Culture & the Creative Industries > School of Journalism, Media and Performance|
|Deposited By:||William Kaufman|
|Deposited On:||29 Mar 2012 14:11|
|Last Modified:||17 May 2016 12:27|
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