Tag Archives: Philosophical suicide

Melville’s Bartleby: An absurd casualty

Simon Wein Petach Tikvah, Israel   Titian, Sisyphus, 1548–49, oil on canvas, 237 cm x 216 cm (P000426). Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado. Albert Camus (1913-1960) was a French writer and philosopher. He did not want to be pinned down as an existentialist or an absurdist, or indeed a nihilist. Nevertheless, he is well known […]

Sophocles’ Antigone and the complexities of suicide

Grant Gillett Robin Hankey Otago, New Zealand    Antigone Leads Oedipus out of Thebes Charles François Jalabert Musée des Beaux Arts, Marseilles, France Suicide has been a recurring human tragedy for as long as human affairs have been recorded. The principal suicide in Antigone does not at first pass seem relevant to the twentieth century, […]