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Richard, G., Jr. (1967). Albert Camus: Another will for Death. Psychoanal. Rev., 54D(4):106-122.

(1967). Psychoanalytic Review, 54D(4):106-122

Albert Camus: Another will for Death

Geha Richard, Jr., M.A.

You see, gentlemen, reason is an excellent thing, there's no disputing that, but reason is nothing but reason and satisfies only the rational side of man's nature, while will is a manifestation of the whole life, that is, of the whole human life including reason and all the impulses…. Reason only knows what it has succeeded in learning (some things, perhaps, it will never learn; this is a poor comfort, but why not say so frankly?) and human nature acts as a whole, with everything that is in it, consciously or unconsciously, and, even if it goes wrong, it lives.

Notes from the Underground

Fyodor Dostoevsky

The plays of Albert Camus are here viewed as an attempt to resolve emotional conflicts that began in childhood. (What more they are and must be for the world's acceptance is another matter.) The arguments that follow rest primarily upon the contention that all art is a kind of disguised confession or catharsis motivated by unconscious determinants.

Camus writes:

I have the misfortune of liking only one kind of play, whether comic or tragic.

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