National Subsets: Algeria

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AUGUSTINE
354-430CE
Algeria
RELIGION

 

Prior to his conversion to Christianity in his early thirties, very much influenced by the prevailing intellectual trends and sexual mores of the late Roman Empire. His reactions to all these are vividly portrayed in his autobiographical Confessions and in his extensive writings he expounds the nature of evil, of happiness, of love and marriage, peace and justice. The demands of citizenship, human and divine, are explored in his City of God. He continues to be a major reference point in the development of the Christian tradition, not least in his inspiration for the foundation of schools and colleges named after him.

Life

http://justus.anglican.org/resources/bio/50.html

http://www.philosophypages.com/ph/augu.htm

 

Writings

Confessions http://www.ccel.org/ccel/augustine/confess.toc.html

City of God http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/npnf102.toc.html

Reference website for Augustine and Augustinians

http://www.augnet.org

CAMUS, Albert
1913 - 1960
Algeria
LITERATURE, PHILOSOPHY

 

Writer of novels, plays, philosophical and political reflections. He was continually challenged in finding moral meaning in strained historical contexts - French colonial Algeria and occupied France during the second world war. Though he did not shy from committed engagement with social causes, expressed in Resistance activities and left-wing editorial alongside Sartre, he lost sympathy with Marxism. Instead he agonised over the futility and absurdity of much in human life, as typified by his Myth of Sisyphus and Plague. Yet he affirmed moral sense in living. His death in a car accident illustrates the challenge, but not his own resolution.

Life

http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1957/camus-bio.html

http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/camus

Writings

Myth of Sisyphus http://blsciblogs.baruch.cuny.edu/authenticityandastonishment/files/2012/10/Albert-Camus-The-Myth-of-Sisyphus.pdf

 Video

 Albert Camus discusses his play 'The Possessed' (French with English subtitles) (7 mins)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dICwQHVqLZU

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