No, Albert Camus Was Not a Nihilist
And why it matters
A prophet of the absurd?
There’s a short essay French novelist and philosopher Albert Camus wrote in his collection Summer where he laments that he is not a teacher of the absurd. But, because of the way media works, and the human love for the sensational, the label has stuck.
Indeed, even today, Camus is popularly known as just such a teacher of nihilism. Despite his dispute with Sartre (whose despairing vision of a meaningless world he thought was a secular version of…