Albert Camus’ Argument for Sport Over Art

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The soul of every man, as seen through the eyes of Albert Camus.

If even one of his books is an indication, Algerian-born author and thinker Albert Camus was on something more than nodding terms with that insufferable condition known as Reality. This is the sort of person to whom one should be looking for wisdom and utterances which contain wisdom.

Accordingly, this sentence from the electronic home of the Camus Society bears relevance:

Camus was once asked by his friend Charles Poncet which he preferred, football or the theatre — Camus is said to have replied ‘Football, without hesitation.’

What Camus says here, specifically, concerns football — a sport he played with some enthusiasm and expertise, it seems, until such a time as he contracted tuberculosis. What he means, generally, one could reasonably infer, is sport — that thing which, like drama, provides a narrative, but which, unlike drama, is composed by the invisible hand of Fortune and not the actual, probably well-moisturized hand of someone who prefers that which is important to that which is pleasant.

Let us, reader, never prefer that which is important over that which is pleasant.




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L'Etranger
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L'Etranger
2 years 5 months ago

Football is the ultimate expression of maximum effort and minimum reward. Countless amounts of “meaningless” events precede rather rare and exquisite situations where all the aforementioned events lead to a goal.

Life.

mch38
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mch38
2 years 5 months ago

Another metaphysical post from Carson Cistulli based upon a book I struggled to read in college.

Wil
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Wil
2 years 5 months ago

Camus is a lot easier to read than some of the other existentialists, that’s for sure.

Wobatus
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Wobatus
2 years 5 months ago

“I believe in justice but I will defend my mother before justice”

Camus. On why he was opposed to the terrorism of the FLN.

No word on whether he would defend Halle Berry before justice, or his mother before Ron Gant. Probably because he died before any of them were born (other than his mother).

A venal and jealous person
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A venal and jealous person
2 years 5 months ago

Erudite bastard.

Wobatus
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Wobatus
2 years 5 months ago

I saw the movie Battle of Algiers once and liked it and read up on Camus and his take on the Algerian war for independence.

Highly recommend Battle of Algiers. Probably the best role is that of the french paratroop Colonel who leads the anti-insurgency. I think he actually quips “Why are the best philosophers always for the other side?”

pounded clown
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pounded clown
2 years 5 months ago

yup.

Wobatus
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Wobatus
2 years 5 months ago

Camus also said:

“After many years during which I saw many things, what I know most surely about morality and the duty of man I owe to sport and learned it in the RUA.”

RUA was the team for which he played.

dg
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dg
2 years 5 months ago

Albert Camus is to Mike Trout as Jean-Paul Sartre is to Miguel Cabrera.

:syas gd
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:syas gd
2 years 5 months ago

Albert Camus is to Mike Trout as Juan Pierre is to Miguel Cabrera as William Macy is to Tom Hanks as Friedrich Hayek is to Robert Nisbet.

Jean-Paul Sartre
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Jean-Paul Sartre
2 years 5 months ago

Albert Camus? Dude makes me nauseous.

Albert Camus
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Albert Camus
2 years 5 months ago

What an absurd thing to say.

Mike Francesa
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Mike Francesa
2 years 5 months ago

waitasekond, waitasekond . . . youah sayin the soul ah every man is a little black rectangle? whoahs gonna buy that ahgument? Its so uttahly rahdicalas, its cahmical.

By the way, folks, Camus will nevah win da Nobel, nor will he evah become a mainstay in American collegiate circles ah philosophy. Nevah. So stop da nonsense.

Back afta dis.

James
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James
2 years 5 months ago

He was a goalkeeper defending the interests of particular existence against the forces of collective terrorism and Marxism.

Kevin
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Kevin
2 years 5 months ago

All hail, Pleasing Fictional Narrative-giving Entity in the Sky!

egm
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egm
2 years 5 months ago

Oh god… you have to put your foot on a ball? That’s so absurd… ugh..

Dwayne Carter
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Dwayne Carter
2 years 5 months ago

“go kick rocks with no shoes on”
and syphilis ain’t no myth.
Camus and Sartre like peanut and butter.
Camus a little more succinct. Tell ya in 120 pages life really don’t mean much, and I heard he once said a sacrifice is the most under-appreciated stat, and by all rights any man’s singular decision, no matter the count or who’s on deck.

Mike Green
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Mike Green
2 years 5 months ago

Didn’t Camus write “Bunting is Everything”? Sartre was not amused and threatened legal action to prevent this handy guide to baseball strategy from being released to the public.

pounded clown
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pounded clown
2 years 5 months ago

Conceptual artist, Yves Klein’s first love was Judo.

“In 1952 the 24-year-old Yves Klein left Paris for Japan, to pursue his first love; not art but judo. After becoming one of very few Europeans to receive a coveted 4th dan black belt from the Kodokan in Tokyo, Klein returned to France and opened the Judo Académie de Paris. In 1954 the prestigious firm of Grasset published his book Les Fondements du Judo, illustrated with hundreds of photographs of Klein and the leading Japanese teachers demonstrating the six major Kata of judo.”

He sold Paris air for gold to art aficionados
and could judo throw their asses to Colorado
He painted nude girls blue,
it was for art they did not care.
Subsequently, Yves Klein was never called an asshole.
Not Camus
Alright

Allan Gustafson
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Allan Gustafson
2 years 5 months ago

My favorite author…. ‘A Happy Death’ is a book I read frequently.

HamptonBayardHampton
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2 years 5 months ago

Carson, the structuralism movement, more method or system rather than philosophy, immediately followed the existentialists on French universities and in Left Bank cafes. It seems even more ripe for your use here, as the method seems ideally suited to a baseball sabremetrics website.

They were more concerned with with a way of analyzing and thereby understanding things. Structuralists believed in 3 things: (a) the component parts of any system have meaning ONLY in terms of their relations to one another; (b) those relations tend to be binary, that is for example in a pair each half of which is parallel, or opposed, or inverted, or equivalent, or duplicative, etc. with regard to each other; (c) all phenomena, from linguistic to kinship practices, table manners to skirt lengths, baseball to insanity, are governed by the same principles, so related to each other. These codes directly reflect the way the mind sorts, clusters, and mediates on every stimulus, every bit of information that comes its way.

If you pay attention to these phenomena, ask the right questions, the structuralists say, and construct the right models, then eventually you cannot help but get to the bottom of things. {An Incomplete Eduction}

Sounds like what FanGraphs does, eh?

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