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Title:
Simone de Beauvoir : a critical introduction
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Fullbrook, Edward.
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Cambridge, UK : Polity Press ; Malden, MA : Blackwell, 1998.
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x, 177 pages ; 24 cm.
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English
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9780745612027

9780745612034
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Summary

Summary

This book provides the first comprehensive introduction to Simonede Beauvoir's philosophical thought. Beauvoir has long beenrecognized as the twentieth century's leading feminist writer, butthe full extent of her significance as a philosopher is just cominginto focus. This study examines the history of Beauvoir'sdevelopment into one of the most original and influential thinkersof her era.

The Fullbrooks begin with an account of Beauvoir's formation as aphilosopher. They then explore her early writing on philosophicalmethod and the ways this shaped her fiction. The book traces thedevelopment of Beauvoir's central theories of embodiedconsciousness and intersubjectivity, and examines her concepts ofthe "individual" and the "social other". An analysis of Beauvoir'sethics of liberation leads to philosophical readings of her greatworks of applied ethics, The Second Sex and Old Age. Finally,Beauvoir's contribution to continuing debates about consciousness,the body, the self and the other is reassessed.

The publication of this introduction to Beauvoir's philosophy is animportant contribution to the current renaissance of Beauvoirstudies. Clear, accessible and lively, this book is essentialreading not only for students of Beauvoir but for anyone interestedin the submerged record of women's impact on philosophy.


Author Notes

Edward Fullbrook is a freelance writer.

Kate Fullbrook is Professor of Literary Studies at theUniversity of the West of England, Bristol. They are authors of Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre: The Remaking of aTwentieth-Century Legend and many essays on Simone deBeauvoir.


Table of Contents

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