An Eye for an Eye
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An Eye for an Eye

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Where does vengeance end and justice begin? The question is no easier to resolve today than when Simone de Beauvoir wrote this compelling essay in the aftermath of World War II.

The immediate occasion for “An Eye for an Eye” was the execution by firing squad of French collaborator Robert Brasillach, a prominent right-wing author who had edited a fascist newspaper during th...more
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Published April 26th 2012 by Now and Then Reader, LLC (first published 1987)
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Gary Bonn
An Eye for an Eye

Simone de Beauvoir
Trans: Lisa Lieberman

Smoothly translated by Lisa Lieberman, Simone de Beauvoir looks at revenge and justice. This is a courageous essay that doesn't flinch from looking at human limitations - even exploring the limits of human will. As well as dealing with logic and the legal process, it looks at the emotional side of revenge and justice - and questions the validity of both.
It's so good to read such a thoughtful and thorough exploration of subjects so many of u...more
Obviously you can’t expect Simone de Beauvoir to provide a list of solutions to the moral and ethical dilemmas surrounding retribution, which is probably as old as our civilization, in such a short essay. Although this piece was written immediately after the Second World War and was addressing specific events in the aftermath of the liberation of France and the collapse of Vichy France, the thoughts and pointers raised by de Beauvoir are as relevant today as they were 70 years ago, and act as gu...more
Kent Winward
"Punishment carries the seeds of its own failure." de Beauvoir struggles with her own desires for justice versus the inadequacy of trying to simulate justice through the trial system. Her particular topic was the trials of Nazi collaborators in France after World War II, yet the thoughts are applicable to societal punishment in general. Her honesty and struggle to deal with a desire for vengeance is refreshing, even though I ultimately fall more on the mercy side of the mercy versus justice deba...more
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"Simone de Beauvoir was a French author and philosopher. She wrote novels, monographs on philosophy, politics, and social issues, essays, biographies, and an autobiography. She is now best known for her metaphysical novels, including She Came to Stay and The Mandarins, and for her 1949 treatise The Second Sex, a detailed analysis of women's oppression and a foundational tract of contemporary femin...more
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