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Brocker I 329
Justice/Camus: When the revolting man rebels against unjust conditions and their ideological disguises, it is important to him to change the world, but not at any price and equally universally. Camus puts his position in a nutshell: "Only one slogan can apply to all of us today: to give in to nothing in terms of justice and to nothing in terms of freedom" (1).
Brocker I 324
Camus: The revolting individual knows that there is no such thing as absolute justice. "The revolt, however, aims only at the relative and can only promise a certain dignity in conjunction with relative justice" (2). Justice can neither be determined simply generally nor absolutely. Rather, it is always realized on site, in individual cases, in events. In any case, absolute justice and absolute freedom are mutually exclusive.


1. Albert Camus, »Brot und Freiheit. Ansprache vom 10. Mai 1953 an der Arbeitsbörse von St-Etienne«, in: ders., Verteidigung der Freiheit. Politische Essays, Reinbek 1968, 47-56. S. 52
2. Albert Camus, L’Homme révolté, Paris 1951. Dt.: Albert Camus, Der Mensch in der Revolte. Essays, Reinbek 1969 (zuerst 1953), S. 235.


Hans-Martin Schönherr-Mann, „Albert Camus, Der Mensch in der Revolte (1951)“ in: Manfred Brocker (Hg.) Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt/M. 2018.


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