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November 26, 2015

Intercollegiate Review Archive

Volume 15, Number 2
Spring 1980


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A living man can be enslaved and reduced to the historic condition of an object. But if he dies refusing to be enslaved, he reaffirms the existence of another kind of human nature which refuses to be classified as an object. That is why the accused is never produced and killed before the eyes of the world unless he consents to say that his death is just and unless he conforms to the Empire of objects. One must die dishonored or no longer exist—neither in life or in death. In the latter event, the victim does not die, he disappears.
The Rebel
Albert Camus

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