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    Hayden, Patrick 2016. Farewell to Teleology: Reflections on Camus and a Rebellious Cosmopolitanism without Hope. Critical Horizons, Vol. 17, Issue. 1, p. 79.

    Scherr, Arthur 2014. Camus and the Denial of Death: Meursault and Caligula. OMEGA - Journal of Death and Dying, Vol. 69, Issue. 2, p. 169.

    Hayden, Patrick 2013. Albert Camus and Rebellious Cosmopolitanism in a Divided Worlda. Journal of International Political Theory, Vol. 9, Issue. 2, p. 194.

    Sheaffer-Jones, Caroline 2013. Tableau Before the Law: Albert Camus'The FallAfter Deconstruction. Derrida Today, Vol. 6, Issue. 1, p. 115.

  • Print publication year: 2007
  • Online publication date: September 2007

7 - Camus and social justice


Across the range of Camus's writings, two terms repeatedly ring out as the expression of his fundamental concerns: 'man' and 'justice'. The two are profoundly linked: Camus's resolute belief in the importance of social justice, and his contributions to the global political debates of his time - including those concerning the Second World War, colonialism, the atom bomb and the Cold War - are inseparable from his affirmation of the values he attaches to the figure of the human. It is impossible to find an example of a key Camusian intervention in the cause of social justice which does not argue its case via reference to the human as its core locus of value. This chapter tries to address Camus's concern for social justice by exploring some of its moral and conceptual frameworks. I do not propose to detail Camus's various interventions as such, as these are discussed elsewhere in this volume. Rather, with reference to some of these key moments, I will attempt to draw out something of the values by which Camus is driven. And I will be using the figure of the human as the common thread by which these values are held together (or, at times, by which they are held in tension). Sometimes, this figure expresses a virile, heroic resolve; sometimes, it can be pathetically vulnerable. But for Camus, 'man' will never quite be effaced; and the point of this persistence is the call for justice it unceasingly articulates. My aim here will be to provide some sense of this irreducible value of resistance.

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