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Albert Camus

Camus has overtaken Sartre to become the popular hero of existentialism

By Paul Barker   December 2003

Like the Brontes or James Joyce, Albert Camus doesn’t just have readers; he has fans. If his home town, Algiers, wasn’t torn apart by civil war, you would expect it to have a Camus tourism walk, ending up at a Camus brasserie. Meanwhile, his name features on one of those larky philosophy football T-shirts, with the slightly doctored quote, “All that I know most surely about morality and obligations I owe to football.” The notion persists that he played in goal for Algeria or even France (in fact, he was briefly on an Algiers junior team, before tuberculosis put an…

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