A Companion to Simone de Beauvoir

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Laura Hengehold, Nancy Bauer
John Wiley & Sons, Oct 2, 2017 - Philosophy - 552 pages
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Winner of the 2018 Choice award for Outstanding Academic Title!

The work of Simone de Beauvoir has endured and flowered in the last two decades, thanks primarily to the lasting influence of The Second Sex on the rise of academic discussions of gender, sexuality, and old age. Now, in this new Companion dedicated to her life and writings, an international assembly of prominent scholars, essayists, and leading interpreters reflect upon the range of Beauvoir’s contribution to philosophy as one of the great authors, thinkers, and public intellectuals of the twentieth century.

The Companion examines Beauvoir’s rich intellectual life from a variety of angles—including literary, historical, and anthropological perspectives—and situates her in relation to her forbears and contemporaries in the philosophical canon. Essays in each of four thematic sections reveal the breadth and acuity of her insight, from the significance of The Second Sex and her work on the metaphysics of gender to her plentiful contributions in ethics and political philosophy. Later chapters trace the relationship between Beauvoir’s philosophical and literary work and open up her scholarship to global issues, questions of race, and the legacy of colonialism and sexism. The volume concludes by considering her impact on contemporary feminist thought writ large, and features pioneering work from a new generation of Beauvoir scholars.

Ambitious and unprecedented in scope, A Companion to Simone de Beauvoir is an accessible and interdisciplinary resource for students, teachers, and researchers across the humanities and social sciences.

 

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Contents

A Reception and Scholarship 13
15
The Intellectual and Social Context of The Second Sex
28
Simone de Beauvoir and the RaceGender Analogy
47
B Central Themes 71
73
Becoming Bodies
87
Training in the Work of Simone
111
Beauvoir and the Ambiguities of Motherhood
122
In Search of the Embodied
134
Separation and Queer Connection in The Ethics of Ambiguity
286
Simone de Beauvoir on Violence and Politics
299
Why Rape? Lessons from The Second Sex
311
Simone de Beauvoir Womens Oppression and Existential Freedom
325
B Beauvoir and the Art of Philosophical Fiction
339
Simone de Beauvoir and the Dialectic of Desire in LInvitée
356
The Failure of Female Identity in Simone de Beauvoirs Fiction
367
Simone de Beauvoirs
379

Simone de Beauvoir on Motherhood and Destiny
146
Love According to Simone de Beauvoir
160
Why is Woman the Other?
174
Beauvoirs Intellectual Engagements
185
Simone de Beauvoirs Relation to Hegels Absolute
198
Beauvoir and MerleauPonty
211
Beauvoir and MerleauPonty on Freedom and Authenticity
224
Beauvoir and the Marxism Question
236
Beauvoir Between Structuralism and Aleatory Materialism
249
Beauvoir and Sartre
260
Beyond The Second Sex 271
273
Memory History and Age
391
Witnessing Self Witnessing Other in Beauvoirs Life Writings
406
Women and Philosophy of History
418
The Postwar World According to Beauvoir
429
Beauvoirs Old Age and the Intersections of The Second Sex
438
Beauvoir and Contemporary Feminism
449
Who Is the Subject of The Second Sex? Life Science
463
Misunderstanding in Paris
478
The Changing Face
489
Index
514
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Laura Hengehold is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Case Western Reserve University. A prolific author, her most recent book is Simone de Beauvoir's Philosophy of Individuation: The Problem of The Second Sex.

Nancy Bauer is Professor of Philosophy, Dean of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and Dean of Academic Affairs for the Tufts University School of Arts and Sciences. She is the author of Simone de Beauvoir, Philosophy, and Feminism.

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