The Existential Phenomenology of Simone de Beauvoir
ISBN/ASIN: 9789048157327,9789401597531 | 2001 | English | pdf | 263/264 pages | 6.57 Mb
Publisher: Springer Netherlands | Author: Wendy O’Brien, Humber College (auth.), Wendy O’Brien, Lester Embree (eds.) | Edition: 1
While earlier research considered Simone de Beauvoir in the perspectives of Existentialism or Feminism, this work is the first to emphasize her reflective and descriptive approach and the full range of issues she addresses. There are valuable chapters and sections that are historical and/or comparative, but most of the contents of this work critically examine Beauvoir's views on old age (whereon she is the first phenomenologist to work), biology, gender, ethics, ethnicity (where she is among the first), and politics (again among the first). Besides their systematic as well as historical significance, these chapters show her philosophy as on a par with those of Merleau-Ponty and Jean-Paul Sartre in quality, richness and distinctiveness of problematics, and the penetration of her insight into collective as well as individual human life within the socio-historical world.