Philosophy tea; Albert Camus – The Plague

  • Date: –16:00
  • Location: Reginateatern Trädgårdsgatan 8, Uppsala
  • Lecturer: Peter Wallensteen was the first holder of the Dag Hammarskjöld Chair in Peace and Conflict Research (1985-2012) and is now Senior Professor at Uppsala University. Daniel Ogden is a researcher and teacher of utopian ideas, for many years at Uppsala University and now at Mälardalen University.
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  • Organiser: Reginateatern i samarbete med Uppsala universitet
  • Contact person: Gisella Bengtsson
  • Phone: 070-4250608
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This winter Professor Peter Wallensteen and Lecturer Daniel Ogden will continue their popular Philosophy Tea talks. Each Philosophy Tea session lasts one hour. The sessions are run in English.

Albert Camus – The Plague 

In this Phikosophy Tea we discuss Camus’ highly topical, The Plague (La Peste). Camus was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1957. The Plague has often been seen as an allegory of the Nazi Occupation of France during World War II. But it is also part of a longer tradition of plague literature, a genre pioneered by Daniel Defoe in his A Journal of the Plague Year (1722), a work that Camus quotes in the epigraph to his own novel. In a more general sense it is about the human condition and our vulnerability to life threatening circumstances, be they caused by viruses or the actions of our fellow humans. How we respond to these circumstances defines us as human beings.