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 “True to His Feelings”

Robert C. Solomon

in Dark Feelings, Grim Thoughts

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780195181579
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786602 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195181573.003.0001
  “True to His Feelings”

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Camus’ novel, The Stranger, can be read as a philosophically profound phenomenological study of personal experience, more or less devoid of reflection. The novel also presents the development of reflective consciousness through the increasing awareness of the significance of other people. Camus himself has interpreted the hero of the book as a hero for the truth, but the point is made here that Meursault (the supposed hero) is not sufficiently reflective to either be concerned with the truth or to tell a lie.

Keywords: The Stranger; phenomenology; reflection; truth; lying; other people

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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