Beauvoir and Sartre

Beauvoir and Sartre

The Riddle of Influence
Edited by Christine Daigle and Jacob Golomb
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 01/19/2009
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-22037-0
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While many scholars consider Simone de Beauvoir an important philosopher in her own right, thorny issues of mutual influence between her thought and that of Jean-Paul Sartre still have not been settled definitively. Some continue to believe Beauvoir's own claim that Sartre was the philosopher and she was the follower even though their relationship was far more complex than this proposition suggests. Christine Daigle, Jacob Golomb, and an international group of scholars explore the philosophical and literary relationship between Beauvoir and Sartre in this penetrating volume. Did each elaborate a philosophy of his or her own? Did they share a single philosophy? Did the ideas of each have an impact on the other? How did influences develop and what was their nature? Who influenced whom most of all? A crisscrossed picture of mutual intricacies and significant differences emerges from the skillful and sophisticated exchange that takes place here.

Author Bio

Christine Daigle teaches philosophy at Brock University in Canada. She is editor of Existentialist Thinkers and Ethics.

Jacob Golomb is Ahad Ha'am Professor of Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His most recent book is Nietzsche in Zion.


“Exploring the philosophical and literary relationship between Beauvoir and Sartre, a crisscrossed picture of mutual intricacies and significant differences emerges from the skillful and sophisticated exchange that takes place here.”

“This collection of essays is a remarkable achievement. It allows readers access to the exciting domain of existential philosophy, fiction, autobiography, and more.”
 — Shannon M. Mussett, Utah Valley University

“As a whole, this is a solid, philosophically rich and challenging collection of essays. All of them contribute something to a greater understanding of the complexity of intellectual influence. . . . The editors and authors have succeeded in keeping alive the fecund thought of these two, as they say, 'flamboyant intellectuals,' and we are all most certainly going to benefit from the work they have done. ”
 — Sartre Studies International

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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
Christine Daigle and Jacob Golomb
1. Getting the Beauvoir We Deserve
Debra Bergoffen
2. Where Influence Fails: Embodiment in Beauvoir and Sartre
Christine Daigle
3. The Question of Reciprocal Self-Abandon to the Other: Beauvoir's Influence on Sartre
Guillermine de Lacoste
4. Beauvoir and Sartre on Freedom, Intersubjectivity, and Normative Justification
Matthew C. Eshleman
5. Sartre and Beauvoir on Hegel's Master-Slave Dialectic and the Question of the "Look"
Debbie Evans
6. Beauvoir, Sartre, and Patriarchy's History of Ideas
Edward Fullbrook
7. Psychoanalysis of Things: Objective Meanings or Subjective Projections?
Sara Heinämaa
8. Beauvoir, Sartre, and the Problem of Alterity
Michel Kail
Translated by Kevin W. Gray
9. Moving beyond Sartre: Constraint and Judgment in Beauvoir's "Moral Essays" and The Mandarins
Sonia Kruks
10. Simone de Beauvoir's "Marguerite" as a Possible Source of Inspiration for Jean-Paul Sartre's "The Childhood of a Leader"
Eliane Lecarme-Tabone
Translated by Kevin W. Gray
11. Taking a Distance: Exploring Some Points of Divergence between Beauvoir and Sartre
William L. McBride
12. Anne, Ou quand orime le spirituel: Beauvoir and Sartre Interact—from Parody, Satire, and Tragedy to Manifesto of Liberation
Adrian van den Hoven
13. The Concept of Transcendence in Beauvoir and Sartre
Andrea Veltman
14. Freedom F/Or the Other
Gail Weiss
List of Contributors