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University of Illinois Press
23 February 2021
Series: Beauvoir Series
Despite growing interest in her philosophy, Simone de Beauvoir remains widely misunderstood. She is typically portrayed as a mere intellectual follower of her companion, Jean-Paul Sartre. In Philosophical Writings, Beauvoir herself shows that nothing could be further from the truth. Beauvoir's philosophical work suffers from a lack of English-language translation or, worse, mistranslation into heavily condensed popular versions. Philosophical Writings provides an unprecedented collection of complete, scholarly editions of philosophical texts that cover the first twenty-three years of Beauvoir's career, including a number of recently discovered works. Ranging from metaphysical literature to existentialist ethics, Philosophical Writings brings together diverse elements of Beauvoir's work while highlighting continuities in the development of her thought. Each of the translations features detailed notes and a scholarly introduction explaining its larger significance. Revelatory and long overdue, Philosophical Writings adds to the ongoing resurgence of interest in Beauvoir's thought and to her growing influence on today's philosophical curriculum.
With:   Mary Beth Mader
Foreword by:   Sylvie Le Bon de Beauvoir, Sylvie Le Bon de Beauvoir
Edited by:   Simone de Beauvoir, Margaret A. Simons
Imprint:   University of Illinois Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm, 
ISBN:   9780252085932
ISBN 10:   0252085930
Series:   Beauvoir Series
Pages:   368
Publication Date:   23 February 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Simone de Beauvoir (1908-86) was a French existentialist philosopher. Her works include Ethics of Ambiguity (1947) and The Second Sex (1949). Margaret A. Simons is a professor of philosophy at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, and author of Beauvoir and the Second Sex.Sylvie Le Bon de Beauvoir, adopted daughter and literary executor of Simone de Beauvoir, is the editor of Lettres a Sartre and many other works by Beauvoir. Marybeth Timmermann is a contributing translator and editor of The Useless Mouths and Other Literary Writings, and other works by Beauvoir. Mary Beth Mader is a professor of philosophy at the University of Memphis and the author of Sleights of Reason: Norm, Bisexuality, Development.

Reviews for Philosophical Writings

A valuable addition to collections of philosophy, feminism, and modern French literature. Recommended. --Choice What emerges from the essays Philosophical Writings collects will neither shock nor surprise Beauvoir scholars but is sure to delight. . . . The editors and contributors to Philosophical Writings have crafted an engaging text that is sure to encourage a deeper interest in the study of Beauvoir and her place in the philosophical canon. --Hypatia


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