The Creative Thought Processes of Camus and Sartre

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The Creative Thought Processes of Camus and Sartre Hannah Smith April 30, 2013 The Creative Thought Processes of Camus and Sartre Upon hearing the names Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus, most people have linked the two men in sharing similar philosophical ideas. “They were considered an item: the twin geniuses of existentialism, the French philosophical movement they pioneered and embodied. And indeed they were often together, the best of friends” (Valiunas, 2005). These two men may have shared similar views on matters, but their creative thought processes were quite different from one another. Problems and Issues To better understand these men, a person must first realize their surroundings that influenced and affected their thoughts. Sartre and Camus both were Frenchmen who were born and raised during WWI. They both had lost their fathers as small children and had both managed to attain further education in universities. (The website, 2014). They witnessed wars, death, saw fear among people, and could see what attempts for superiority can do to a country. They were adults when WWII came to Europe and “Camus felt that it was urgent to critically examine these attitudes in a world in which calculated murder had become common” (Aronson, 2012). Living in such a hostile environment, the two men had found many problems and issues and they wanted to help make a change in the mindsets of all human beings as to the reality of life. Creative Processes When examining Albert Camus’s creative thought processes, it is clear to see that he felt his philosophical thinking of “absurdity” was best expressed through “lyrical essays and sketches” also by use of “images, metaphors, and anecdotes” (Aronson, 2012). One of his most famous works The Myth of Sisyphus is a wonderful example of how he developed characters in his writings to “become aware of the
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