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The Myth of Sisyphus Revisited (Philosophy and Religious Studies Roundtable Series)


Philosophy and Religious Studies Roundtable Series

The Myth of Sisyphus, Revisited

Led by Dr. Matthew Pianalto

According to legend, Sisyphus was sentenced to an eternity of carrying a boulder to the top of a mountain, only for the boulder to roll back to the bottom. This he must do repeatedly forever. Albert Camus famously compared modern human life to Sisyphus’s absurd fate, suggesting that our lives are also absurd. Nevertheless, Camus insists, “One must imagine Sisyphus happy.” We will discuss the details of the Sisyphus legend and consider the relevance of Sisyphus’s absurd fate to thought about meaning in life.

August 28, 2019


Keith Hall 319

Open to all students, faculty, and staff

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