Feminist Interpretations of Jean-Paul Sartre

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Julien S. Murphy
Penn State Press, 2007 - Philosophy - 320 pages
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While Sartre was committed to liberation struggles around the globe, his writing never directly addressed the oppression of women. Yet there is compatibility between his central ideas and feminist beliefs. In this first feminist collection on Sartre, philosophers reassess the merits of Sartre's radical philosophy of freedom for feminist theory.

 

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Mostly perspectives that seek to enlarge upon Sartre's ideas and find applications and improvements relevant to women. More related to his CDR than Being and Nothingness. Thomas Martin on women's phenomenological experience of their own bodies, Peter Diers on the relationship between friendship as a vehicle for social change linking the CDR with concrete action. Sonia Kruks on identity politics and subjectivist knowledge that focus on action rather than group membership, seeking to unify multiple feminist standpoints. Iris Young argues on women as a social collective regarding gender as seriality though more complex than Sartre's bus queue. Hazel Barnes defends Sartre's theory of freedom even insisting that it goes beyond Beauvoir's on the interplay between freedom and socialisation.
Well worth a read and often contains illuminations that advance Sartre's ideas in many respects - some passages stand out on the page.
John Wilson, gahnsuksah@yahoo.com
 

Contents

Aside from The Second Sex and All That
22
The Absence of Beauvoir
45
A Feminist Perspective
64
Sartre Sadism and Female Beauty Ideals
90
Reevaluating Traditional
105
A Feminist Exploration of Sartres Anti
123
Existential Freedom and Political Change
149
Karen Green
175
Thinking About Women as a Social
200
Beyond
229
Insights from Sartres Critique
253
Toward a Feminine
272
Sartre and the Links Between Patriarchal Atheism
300
Selected Bibliography
325
Index
339
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Julien S. Murphy is Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern Maine. She is the author of The Constructed Body: AIDS, Reproductive Technology, and Ethics (1995).

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