By Shannon M. Mussett, William S. Wilkerson
Essays on Beauvoir’s impacts, modern engagements, and legacy within the philosophical tradition.
Despite a deep familiarity with the philosophical culture and regardless of the groundbreaking impact of her personal paintings, Simone de Beauvoir by no means embraced the assumption of herself as a thinker. Her legacy is in a similar fashion complex. She is acclaimed as a progressive philosopher on problems with gender, age, and oppression, yet even though a lot has been written weighing the effect she and Jean-Paul Sartre had on each other, the quantity and class of her engagement with the Western culture widely is going normally left out. This quantity turns the highlight on precisely that, interpreting Beauvoir’s discussion together with her affects and contemporaries, to boot as her effect on later thinkers—concluding with an autobiographical essay by way of bell hooks discussing the effect of Beauvoir’s philosophy and existence on her personal paintings and profession. those leading edge essays either develop our knowing of Beauvoir and recommend new methods of realizing canonical figures in the course of the lens of her work.
“This booklet will right missteps in Beauvoir’s interpretation, in particular with recognize to her relation to phenomenologists. The leader power of the amount, even though, is that almost all of the individuals don't limit themselves to addressing the query of influence, but rather venture to investigate and examine the philosophical proposals chanced on 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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Extra info for Beauvoir and Western Thought from Plato to Butler
As nietzsche so eloquently phrases it, “it is only as an aesthetic phenomenon that existence and the world are eternally justified ” (nietzsche 1967, 52). Beauvoir’s own take on the aesthetics of life and work argues similarly in that the best philosophy will be an artistic, specifically literary, production. Put differently, the best philosophy will be closest to lived experience, which is itself aesthetic. 14 any work of art that is heavy-handed in its philosophical message will ultimately fail at establishing a communicative bond between reader and writer.
Clearly, Beauvoir read rousseau’s Confessions carefully, as Mme de Warens is virtually absent from history except for this infamous relationship with rousseau. rousseau’s Confessions, which transformed the genre of autobiography and set the stage for the development of the field of psychoanalysis (Damrosch 2005, 437), thereby indirectly influencing Beauvoir’s understanding of a self, also directly influenced her own autobiographies. Beauvoir found in the Confessions inspiration or exemplification for many of the ideas she was developing.
Beauvoir zeroes in on the shortcomings of systematic philosophy to capture this metaphysical attitude: there is an original grasping of metaphysical reality . . We can strive to elucidate its universal meaning in an abstract language, thus developing theories where metaphysical experience will be described, and more or less systematized in its essential character, thus as timeless and objective. if, moreover, the system so constituted affirms that this aspect alone is real, and, if it posits the subjectivity and historicity of experience as negligible, it obviously excludes any other manifestation of the truth.
Beauvoir and Western Thought from Plato to Butler by Shannon M. Mussett, William S. Wilkerson