How to Read Beauvoir

How to Read Beauvoir

How to Read Beauvoir

How to Read Beauvoir


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“One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.”—Simone de Beauvoir

The How to Read series provides a context and an explanation that will facilitate and enrich your understanding of texts vital to the canon. These books use excerpts from the major texts to explain essential topics, such as Simone de Beauvoir's investigation of social existence and identity, gender, sexuality, and old age.

To what extent does our social existence determine who we are? What is the meaning of sexuality for human existence? What is the meaning of “old age”? What is a woman? And what, for that matter, is a man? Stella Sandford explores the philosophical basis of Beauvoir’s reflections on these and other questions, from her early moral period, through her post-war philosophical crisis, to the astounding polymathic studies of her mature thought. She demonstrates the persistence of the fundamental existential and ethical questions that drove Beauvoir’s work and her constant revisions of her own positions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393329513
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/17/2007
Series: How to Read
Edition description: ANN
Pages: 130
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Stella Sandford is Senior Lecturer in Modern European Philosophy at Middlesex University and a member of the Radical Philosophy Editorial Collective. She is the author of The Metaphysics of Love: Gender and Transcendence in Levinas and a forthcoming book on Plato and sex.

Simon Critchley is a best-selling author and the Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research. His many books include The Book of Dead Philosophers, Bowie, and Tragedy, the Greeks, and Us.

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Foreword     vi
Acknowledgements     ix
Introduction     1
Anxiety     9
Ambiguity     21
Vengeance     30
Bad Faith     41
'Woman'     51
Other     61
Sex     70
Sexuality     80
Perversion     90
Old Age     98
Notes     108
Chronology     110
Primary Sources     112
Suggestions for Further Reading     114
Index     116
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