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Absurdity - This is a philosophical concept that focuses on the disparity between human reason and the chaotic universe that cannot be explained and, within which, human life and endeavor appear to have no meaning.

Suicide - The absurd man finds joy through experience and this action puts all that to an end. It therefore represents a course of action Camus strongly rejects as being contrary to absurd principles.

Hope - Considered a virtue by many, this quality is one that Camus finds dishonest, though natural enough when a person is confronted with the absurdity and meaninglessness of existence.

Nostalgia - According to Camus, this is a natural human desire, but contrary to the existential philosophy that views life as essentially meaningless. Its persistence has undermined existentialism to the point of failure.

Existentialism - This is a philosophical school associated mostly with France. Camus is partly in...

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