James Dyer Dissertation Cover
In this study I will investigate the role of creativity in the context of what the existentialist philosophers position as an absurd existence, and attempt to define it as a necessary tool for self-expression, reflection and actualisation. Focusing on the works of Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre I will dissect their narrativised dialogue between subject and absurdity, with intent to find a commonality between their approaches through their engagement with subjugation, characterisation and self-actualisation. I shall also be complementing this with Viktor E. Frankl’s psychoanalytic school of Logotherapy, attributing the effects of creativity to the necessity of defining meaning and direction in one’s existence, taking reference from Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning (1946).