This Independent Study Thesis focuses on whether or not one should have faith, based on different recommendations by Albert Camus and Søren Kierkegaard, and investigates how Walker Percy’s own philosophies and novels answer that question. By focusing on Percy’s philosophy of faith, as well as the process of faith he presents in his novels, I will show how Percy speaks to both Camus and Kierkegaard by defending faith as a reasonable and fulfilling endeavor. Therefore, this thesis is separated into two sections. The first section overviews the debate between Albert Camus and Søren Kierkegaard, and how Walker Percy’s philosophy answers to both of them. The second part focuses on his novels, and how they relate and demonstrate the philosophical notions of Camus and Kierkegaard to lead readers through a process that ultimately suggests faith.


Hustwit, Ronald

Second Advisor

Prendergast, Maria


English; Philosophy


Literature in English, North America | Philosophy


exploring faith in existentialist philosophies

Publication Date


Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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