By Margaret A. Simons
In a compelling chronicle of her seek to appreciate Beauvoir's philosophy within the moment intercourse, Margaret A. Simons bargains a special viewpoint on BeauvoirOs wide-ranging contribution to twentieth-century concept. She info the invention of the origins of Beauvoir's existential philosophy in her handwritten diary from 1927; uncovers proof of the sexist exclusion of Beauvoir from the philosophical canon; unearths proof that the African-American author Richard Wright supplied Beauvoir with the theoretical version of oppression that she utilized in the second one intercourse; exhibits the effect of the second one intercourse in remodeling Sartre's philosophy and in laying the theoretical foundations of radical feminism; and addresses feminist problems with racism, motherhood, and lesbian id. Simons additionally attracts on her adventure as a WomenOs Liberation organizer as she witnessed how girls used the second one intercourse in defining the rules of radical feminism. Bringing jointly her paintings as either activist and student, Simons bargains a hugely unique contribution to the renaissance of Beauvoir scholarship.
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Beauvoir and The Second Sex: Feminism, Race, and the Origins of Existentialism by Margaret A. Simons