This book provides the first comprehensive introduction to Simone de Beauvoira s philosophical thought. Beauvoir has long been recognized as the twentieth centurya s leading feminist writer, but the full extent of her significance as a philosopher is just coming into focus. This study examines the history of Beauvoira s development into one of the most original and influential thinkers of her era. The Fullbrooks begin with an account of Beauvoira s formation as a philosopher. They then explore her early writing on philosophical method and the ways this shaped her fiction. The book traces the development of Beauvoira s central theories of embodied consciousness and intersubjectivity, and examines her concepts of the "individual" and the "social other". An analysis of Beauvoira s ethics of liberation leads to philosophical readings of her great works of applied ethics, The Second Sex and Old Age. Finally, Beauvoira s contribution to continuing debates about consciousness, the body, the self and the other is reassessed. The publication of this introduction to Beauvoira s philosophy is an important contribution to the current renaissance of Beauvoir studies.
Clear, accessible and lively, this book is essential reading not only for students of Beauvoir but for anyone interested in the submerged record of womena s impact on philosophy.
Edward Fullbrook is a freelance writer. Kate Fullbrook is Professor of Literary Studies at the University of the West of England, Bristol. They are authors of Simone de Beauvoir and Jean--Paul Sartre: The Remaking of a Twentieth--Century Legend and many essays on Simone de Beauvoir.
Introduction. 1. The Education of a Philosopher. 2. Writing for her Life. 3. Literature and Philosophy. 4. Narrative Selves. 5. Embodiment and Intersubjectivity. 6. The Ethics of Liberation. 7. Applied Ethics I: The Second Sex. 8. Applied Ethics II: Les Belles Images, The Woman Destroyed, and Old Age. Notes. Glossary. The Works of Simone de Beauvoir. Index.