Document Type

Senior Award Winner

Award Date

Fall 2011

Course Name

Idea of the Individual


Dr. Adam Kotlarczyk


Hinduism is a religion in which scientific observations play an important role. Through extensive observation of astronomical phenomena, Hindu cosmologists created a calendar based on the relative positions of planets to the moon. This calendar played an important role understanding the Hindu cycle of the creation and destruction of the universe. This cycle is referred to as the cycle of the Yugas, in which the increasingly vice-ridden world is destroyed and replaced with a morally and religiously pristine one. Camus’ The Plague explores this cycle of human malice and immorality, which is corrected by natural or supernatural forces as an allegory for the Hindu cycle of the Yugas.