The Philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir

The Philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir

Critical Essays
Edited by Margaret A Simons
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 06/15/2006
Format: Paperback 1 index
ISBN: 978-0-253-21840-7
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Since her death in 1986 and the publication of her letters and diaries in 1990, interest in the philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir has never been greater. In this engaging and timely volume, Margaret A. Simons and an international group of philosophers present 16 essays that reveal Beauvoir as one of the century’s most important and influential thinkers. As they set Beauvoir’s work into dialogue with Husserl, Merleau-Ponty, Heidegger, Foucault, Levinas, and others, these essays consider questions such as Beauvoir’s philosophical relationship with Sartre; her ethic of the erotic; her views on marriage, motherhood, and female friendship; and her interpretations of oppression and liberation. This book discusses the full range of Beauvoir’s work, including The Second Sex, her unpublished diaries, autobiographical writings, novels, and philosophical essays, and broadens the scope and interpretive context of her unique philosophy.

Contributors are Nancy Bauer, Debra Bergoffen, Suzanne Laba Cataldi, Edward Fullbrook, Eva Gothlin, Sara Heinämaa, Laura Hengehold, Stacy Keltner, Michèle Le Doeuff, Ann Murphy, Shannon M. Mussett, Margaret A. Simons, Ursula Tidd, Andrea Veltman, Karen Vintges, Julie Ward, Gail Weiss.

Author Bio

Margaret A. Simons is Professor of Philosophy at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. She is a founding editor of Hypatia and editor of a seven-volume English translation of Simone de Beauvoir’s writings.

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“Since her death in 1986 and the publication of her letters and diaries in 1990, interest in the philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir has never been greater. In this engaging and timely volume, Margaret A. Simons and an international group of philosophers reveal Beauvoir as one of the century’s most important and influential thinkers.”

“. . . [an] international group of philosophers discusses all of Beauvoir's work, setting it in dialogue with other philosophers including Edmund Husserl, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Martin Heidegger, Michel Foucault, and Emmanuel Levinas, and covering a wide range of topics, including her ethic of the erotic; her views on marriage, mothers, and female friendships; and her interpretations of oppression and liberation. Vol. 23.1 (January-March 2008)”
 — Hypatia

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction Margaret A. Simons
1. Engaging with Simone de Beauvoir Michèle Le Doeuff
2. Simone de Beauvoir's Phenomenology of Sexual Difference Sara Heinämaa
3. She Came to Stay and Being and Nothingness Edward Fullbrook
4. Beauvoir's Heideggerian Ontology Nancy Bauer
5. Marriage, Autonomy, and the Feminine Protest Debra B. Bergoffen
6. Transcendence and Immanence in the Ethics of Simone de Beauvoir Andrea Veltman
7. Beauvoir and Sartre on Appeal, Desire, and Ambiguity Eva Gothlin
8. Reciprocity and Friendship in Beauvoir's Thought Julie K. Ward
9. Sexuality Situated: Beauvoir on "Frigidity" Suzanne Laba Cataldi
10. Beauvoir's Parrhesiastic Contracts: Frank-speaking and the Philosophical-Political Couple Laura Hengehold
11. Beauvoir's Idea of Ambiguity Stacy Keltner
12. Simone de Beauvoir: A Feminist Thinker for the Twenty-first Century Karen Vintges
13. The Self-Other Relation in Beauvoir's Ethics and Autobiography Ursula Tidd
14. Challenging Choices: An Ethic of Oppression Gail Weiss
15. Between Generosity and Violence: Toward a Revolutionary Politics in the Philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir Ann V. Murphy
16. Conditions of Servitude: Woman's Peculiar Role in the Master-Slave Dialectic in Beauvoir's The Second Sex Shannon M. Mussett

List of Contributors
Index