In this episode I review Catelli's 2020 (English translation) of The Death of Camus. In this text he makes the case that Camus was killed by the KGB.
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Book Review: Albert Camus and the Minister by Mumma
25:00A book review of the controversial book Albert Camus and the Minister. The question: Did Camus ask to be baptized and covert to Christianity just before his fateful car accident? All Albert Camus Radio podcasts are made possible by the generous support of Vectis Consulting. Vectis Consulting is in the business of fighting for the long-term health of the humanities. www.vectisconsulting,org
Book Review: The Death of Camus by Catelli, 2020 in English
18:29In this episode I review Catelli's 2020 (English translation) of The Death of Camus. In this text he makes the case that Camus was killed by the KGB. Enjoy. Thank you to Vectis Consulting for sponsoring this podcast! www.vectisconsulting.org
Questions on Camus with Professor Dan Hieber
1:12:12Professor Dan Hieber is a dear friend from The University of Kansas and a very engaging thinker and writer. His book Five Cigarettes is a marvelous read and I encourage you to check it out on Amazon.com. In this podcast we take a tour of Camus through the eyes of an accomplished philosopher that has not spent all of his time in Camus studies. It is a remarkable conversation with fresh insights. Enjoy.
2020 Albert Camus Conference Maciej
32:03In this episode we have for you the President of the Polish Camus Society Maciej Kaluza's presentation to The Albert Camus Society in 2020. In this presentation we explore the issue of political violence and Camus. Enjoy! It is in English
20 Question with Dr. Eric Berg
1:27:06The tables are turned with the 20 Questions format! I have been put on the spot and asked 20 questions about Camus by Dr. Peter Francev. Enjoy this talk as I enjoyed having this conversation.
2020 Albert Camus Conference Simon Lea 10.24.20
39:05A fascinating talk on Camus and Nietzsche. Take a half an hour and learn about the connection between Camus and Nietzsche from one of the most engaging scholars on both thinkers!
Dr. Peter Francev's Address to The Albert Camus Society 2020
41:59Albert Camus, Edith Stein, and the Problem of Empathy in The Plague Abstract: Whilst there is no mention of the phenomenology or ethics of Edith Stein (1891-1942) in the fiction and non-fiction of Albert Camus (1913-1960), one can easily surmise that Camus, being a part of the Parisian café scene during the years leading up to, including and beyond the second world war, would have encountered some discussions of Stein’s thought through Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980) or Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1908-1961), prior to his falling out with both men. It is then the purpose of this paper to set out and accomplish several things: firstly, I would like to provide a very brief historical introduction to Stein; secondly, I should like to offer readers a concise summary of Stein’s principle text on empathy (On the Problem of Empathy); finally, I would like to offer an exposition and analysis of Stein’s concept of empathy, from a phenomenological perspective, in Camus’s novel The Plague. To say that 2020 has been an ‘uneventful’ year is a gross understatement. Clearly, the Covid-19 pandemic affected us in ways which we could have never imagined. One benefit of the pandemic, as you are probably aware, is, once again, the intense interest in The Plague. As I plan to illustrate, the novel contains six major and minor characters (Dr. Rieux, Paneloux, Tarrou, Rambert, Grand, and Cottard) from which Camus utilizes in order to demonstrate an individual’s interaction with empathy in the midst of an epidemic; however, I would like to first look at Stein in order to provide the framework for the novel’s analysis.  Edith Stein, On the Problem of Empathy. Translated by Waltraut Stein (Springer: The Hague, 1964).  Albert Camus, The Plague. Translated by Stuart Gilbert (Vintage: New York, 1948).  According to the NY Times, The Plague has seen a resurgence on the best seller list. In addition to Vintage having an extremely difficult time keeping the novel in stock, Camus scholars Dr. Robert Zaretsky and Dr. Peter Francev were interviewed by National Public Radio’s Salt Lake City affiliate regarding Camus’s life and the significance of The Plague, respectively.
Review: The Meursault Investigation
15:23A book review of Kamel Daoud's The Meursault Investigation. Published in 2013 in French and 2015 in English, The Meursault Investigation is a fascinating novel based on Camus' The Stranger. Please turn the volume up a bit on this one. Enjoy!
2020 Albert Camus Conference Dr. Berg
32:43In this episode I have uploaded my presentation to the Albert Camus Society annual meeting held on-line on October 23, 2020. Title: Four Character Studies from The Plague and Their American Counterparts During COVID-19 In this paper I will take a close look at four characters in Camus’ The Plague and situate them in the current (2020) American landscape while suffering under COVID-19. I will illuminate Father Panloux in relation to American Christian response to COVID, particularly the Baptist Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Dr. Rieux and the American medical community paying special attention to the CDC; Cottard as the American radical right; and Rambert and the American press with attention given to the idea of “fake news” and social media. As a bonus, I will identify Dr. Castel and, although difficult, locate the American President Donald Trump in the text. I will use a descriptive tool from Simone Weil known as decreation to help illuminate the normative aspects of this comparison.
20 Questions With Dr. Luke Richardson
1:12:52Luke Richardson completed a PhD titled ‘Camus the Athenian – Identity and Antiquity in the Literature of Albert Camus’ in 2014 at University College London where his supervisors were Miriam Leonard and Azzedine Haddour. He has written and published on Camus in the Cambridge 'Classical Receptions Journal' and the 'Journal of Camus' studies, as well as a chapter in the 2020 Brill 'Companion to Camus.' He taught in the humanities faculty at University College London between 2012 and 2016. He has been a member of the Camus Society since 2011. Enjoy this engaging interview with a real rising star in Camus studies.