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Simone de Beauvoir, Philosophy, and Feminism

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In the introduction to The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir notes that "a man never begins by establishing himself as an individual of a certain sex: his being a man poses no problem." Nancy Bauer begins her book by asking: "Then what kind of a problem does being a woman pose?" Bauer's aim is to show that in answering this question The Second Sex dramatizes the extent to wh ...more
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Published July 4th 2001 by Columbia University Press
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Mark Bennett
Feb 26, 2012 Mark Bennett rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, philosophy
Am about to revisit a collection of letters I once wrote to writer/editor Jennifer Sparks back in the 90s. She had agreed to let me send her one-page commentaries/missives on what I was finding/learning as I reread my underlinings and marginalia in De Beauvoir's seminal work, Second Sex.

My intention is to revisit what I wrote back then, finish off reading Bauer's critical essay here, then obtain the newest translation (with nearly 100 pages restored) of Simone's stirring investigation of what a
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Sep 22, 2011 Burcu rated it liked it
Let's say scanned and skimmed... A good study discussing the relationship between Simone de Beauvoir's feminism (mainly The Second Sex) and philosophy. There are chapters on Descartes, Hegel etc. and analyses based on Rorty, Sartre etc.
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“In Beauvoir’s writing, the emancipation of women, an emancipation that on her view can come to full flower only in the wake of a certain transformation in the human being, is linked with a certain transformation in the conventional understanding—both continental and analytic—about how to inherit the tradition of philosophy.” 2 likes
“Once we give the sense of contradiction its due, we see that genuinely feminist philosophical work ... not only has the potential to revolutionalize philosophy but actually demands a reappraisal, from the ground up, of what it is to be a human—a thinking and sexed—being.” 2 likes
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