Beauvoir posited that traditionally a woman must assume the role of the "other," or the inessential being, in relation to a man, the essential being, and analyzed this inferior position of women from biological, psychological, and social perspectives. In addition to her philosophical studies, Beauvoir wrote distinguished autobiographical and fictional works, including two short fiction collections in which she explored the spiritual and emotional state of women in contemporary Western society.
A Critical Reader Review. Kristana Arp - - Hypatia 14 4: Edited by Elizabeth Fallaize. London and New York: As this special volume attests, there has been a recent resurgence of interest in Simone de Beauvoir. A number of books on her have been published in the last several years.
A Critical Readeroccupies Some of these studies are not in print in the United States. Some are perhaps unfamiliar to present-day readers or those from different disciplines. In addition, the articles reprinted here are otherwise not easily accessible.
Fallaize has performed an important service by gathering them all in one place and by carefully editing, presenting, and, in some cases, translating them. Some recent analyses have attempted to turn this picture on its head by arguing that Beauvoir was a central influence on, or even the origin of, the philosophical doctrines put forward in Being and Nothingness.
None of the writers in this book addresses this issue. For some time, Kruks has been doing excellent work placing Beauvoir within the wider phenomenological tradition.
According to Beauvoir, human freedom, which Sartre dramatically proclaims is absolute, can under some conditions, notably conditions of severe oppression, "be reduced to no more than a suppressed potentiality" Fallaize But to the extent that we become women, gender is not somethingHypatia () Edward and Kate Fullbrook's new book, Simone de Beauvoir: A Critical Introduction () builds on their earlier discovery, reported in Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul.
Simone de Beauvoir, Philosophy, and Feminism. Nancy Bauer. Columbia University Press.
The Philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir: Critical Essays (A Hypatia Book) [Margaret A Simons] on iridis-photo-restoration.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Since her death in and the publication of her letters and diaries in , interest in the philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir has never been greater.
In this engaging and timely volume5/5(1). The importance of Hegel to the philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir, both to her early philosophical texts and to The Second Sex, is usually discussed in terms of the master-slave dialectic and a Kojève-influenced reading, which some see her as sharing with Sartre, others persuasively describe as divergent from and corrective to Sartre's.
Simone de Beauvoir (b. –d. ) contributed to shaping the philosophical movement of French existential phenomenology. But recognition of her importance as a philosopher has come mostly since her death.
Two studies of women in philosophy, Michéle Le Doeuff's biography of Simone de Beauvoir Hipparchia's Choice () and Fritz Mauthner's historical novel Hypatia (), question what kind of power and authority are available to philosophers.