Politics and Ethic of Care of the Self in Albert Camus’s The Plague

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Title Politics and Ethic of Care of the Self in Albert Camus’s The Plague
 
Creator Bairva, Mukesh Kumar
 
Subject Care, Self, Truth, Compassion, Existence, Hermeneutic And Ethics
 
Description Albert Camus’ The Plague articulates a new aesthetic of existence that resists biopolitical normalization. It means cultivating one’s self and not attempting to discover an authentic and hidden self because it entails a continual process of becoming.  The sudden eruption of plague in Oran, signifies a rupture in history of its people as the “bored populace is consumed by commercial habits aimed at making money”. In The Plague, if some people become more self-centred and insensitive, characters such as Rieux, Rambert, Peneloux and Joseph Grand show concern for the suffering people and stand in solidarity with them. Their characterization as ordinary individuals who assume responsibility for others’ existence in times of disaster reflects Camus’ hermeneutic of care of the self as an ethical project.  Camus aptly asserts that “ordinary acts of courage and kindness are more helpful than the illusion of superheroes”. Deriving a cue from Foucault, Heidegger and Levinas, the paper attempts to explore how care of the self is intertwined with ethics and politics. It is argued that without spiritual discipline and caring for others, the ethical transformation of self cannot take place. It indicates fashioning of the self more freely and self-reflexively and thus speaking truth to power and sacrificing for others. The paper examines this poetics of self which shares an ethical relationship with truth, freedom and kindness.
 
Publisher Smart Moves
 
Date 2021-05-28
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier https://ijellh.com/OJS/index.php/OJS/article/view/11064
10.24113/ijellh.v9i5.11064
 
Source SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH ; Vol. 9 No. 5 (2021): May ; 240-255
2582-3574
2582-4406
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://ijellh.com/OJS/index.php/OJS/article/view/11064/9183
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2021 Mukesh Kumar Bairva
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
 

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