Abstract

Abstract:

In this essay, I compare Albert Camus’s conception of rebellion as a response to the absurd to Friedrich Nietzsche’s notion that humor can become rebellious and assist us in the struggle against nihilism. I show that Camus advocated rebellion as a response to nihilism and vehemently opposed the tendency to become hopeless or cynical. Unlike Camus, Nietzsche supported responding to nihilism with humor and laughter rather than with defiance or scorn. I conclude by examining the type of humor that is rebellious in nature, and show that it can assist us in the struggle against nihilism.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-329X
Print ISSN
0190-0013
Pages
pp. 364-378
Launched on MUSE
2016-04-28
Open Access
No
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