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The Rebel

Albert CamusOriginal title L’Homme révolté (French, 1951)

The Rebel is a 1951 book-length essay by Albert Camus, which treats both the metaphysical and the historical development of rebellion and revolution in societies, especially Western Europe. Camus relates writers and artists as diverse as Epicurus and Lucretius, the Marquis de Sade, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Friedrich Nietzsche, Max Stirner, André Breton, and others in an integrated, historical portrait of man in revolt. Examining both rebellion and revolt, which may be seen as the same phenomenon in personal and social frames, Camus examines several 'countercultural' figures and movements from the history of Western thought and art, noting the importance of each in the overall development of revolutionary thought and philosophy. This work has received ongoing interest, influencing modern philosophers and authors such as Paul Berman and others.


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„With rebellion, awareness is born.“

—  Albert Camus, book The Rebel

As quoted in The Estranged God : Modern Man's Search for Belief (1966) by Anthony T. Padovano, p. 109
The Rebel (1951)

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„Real generosity toward the future consists in giving all to the present.“

—  Albert Camus, book The Rebel

La vraie générosité envers l'avenir consiste à tout donner au présent.
Part 5: Thought at the Meridian (p. 313)
The Rebel (1951)

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„Every revolutionary ends as an oppressor or a heretic.“

—  Albert Camus, book The Rebel

Variant translation: Every revolutionary ends by becoming either an oppressor or a heretic.
The Rebel (1951)

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„The artist reconstructs the world to his plan.“

—  Albert Camus, book The Rebel

Part 4: Rebellion and Art
The Rebel (1951)

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„In the end, man is not entirely guilty — he did not start history. Nor is he wholly innocent — he continues it.“

—  Albert Camus, book The Rebel

L'homme enfin n'est pas entièrement coupable — il n'a pas commencé l'histoire — ni tout à fait innocent, puisqu'il la continue.
Part 5: Thought at the Meridian (Section: Moderation and Excess)
The Rebel (1951)

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