By Shannon M. Mussett, William S. Wilkerson
Essays on Beauvoir’s affects, modern engagements, and legacy within the philosophical tradition.
Despite a deep familiarity with the philosophical culture and regardless of the groundbreaking effect of her personal paintings, Simone de Beauvoir by no means embraced the assumption of herself as a thinker. Her legacy is in a similar way advanced. She is acclaimed as a innovative philosopher on problems with gender, age, and oppression, yet even though a lot has been written weighing the impact she and Jean-Paul Sartre had on each other, the quantity and class of her engagement with the Western culture widely is going in general left out. This quantity turns the highlight on precisely that, analyzing Beauvoir’s discussion along with her affects and contemporaries, in addition as her influence on later thinkers—concluding with an autobiographical essay via bell hooks discussing the impact of Beauvoir’s philosophy and existence on her personal paintings and occupation. those cutting edge essays either expand our figuring out of Beauvoir and recommend new methods of realizing canonical figures throughout the lens of her work.
“This ebook will right missteps in Beauvoir’s interpretation, specially with admire to her relation to phenomenologists. The leader power of the quantity, although, is that the majority of the participants don't limit themselves to addressing the query of influence, but rather venture to investigate and determine the philosophical proposals came upon either in Beauvoir’s paintings and within the paintings of the other philosophers taken care of during this volume.” — Mary Beth Mader, writer of Sleights of cause: Norm, Bisexuality, Development
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The setting and characters connect irrefutably to the three speeches on love. however, the entire second half of the dialogue poses a more complicated problem with its discussion of rhetoric. to claim that the setting and subject matter seduces Phaedrus (and us along with him) to the upward path of philosophical truth is one thing, but how does the living literary ground maintain its connection to the pedantic and abstract lesson in speech writing and giving that follows? recalling Beauvoir’s earlier distinction between metaphysics and system, must we reject the discussion of rhetoric on literary grounds since it explicitly seeks systematicity?
Yet, the most successful philosophical novel will appeal to the inviolable freedom of the reader and writer in an irreducible form of communication (Beauvoir 2004, 271). this latter claim then sets up a kind of existential truth that must remain a constant throughout the work if it is to be successful: Why else would an author write and a reader read if there were not some sort of shared freedom from which both form a communicative bond? thus, on the one hand, freedom remains universally shared and appears to function as an idea worked out in advance; while on the other hand, a system (or novel) built on any philosophical constant is discarded as lifeless and inert.
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