Metaphysics and Absurdity
Metaphysics and Absurdity
Brand: University Press of America

Metaphysics and Absurdity

  • Publish Date: 2012-11-16
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: H. Gene Blocker

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The central concern of absurdist writers is the metaphysical distancing of word and object, thought and reality, essence and existence. In this book, Blocker argues that the literary problem of absurdity is basically a metaphysical problem of being, focusing on the metaphysical distinction of being as essence and being as existence. Each of the four central chapters of the book compares philosophical prose with the fiction writing of four major absurdist writersCamus, Sartre, Ionesco, and Beckett. The book contrasts what Ionesco described as the heavy and light aspects of absurdity. This opposition is parallel to the contrast between the negative, pessimistic reading of Western writerswith their emphasis on existenceand the positive, optimistic view of Eastern, especially Buddhist authors, with their emphasis on essence.

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