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Simone de Beauvoir

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De Beauvoir in 1967

Born

Simone Lucie Ernestine Marie Bertrand de Beauvoir
9 January 1908
Paris, France

Died

14 April 1986
Paris, France

Alma mater

University of Paris

Partner

Jean-Paul SartreNelson AlgrenClaude Lanzmann

Era

20th-century philosophy

Region

Western philosophy

School

  • Continental philosophy
  • Existentialism
  • Existential phenomenology
  • French feminism
  • Western Marxism

Main interests

  • Political philosophy
    • Feminism
    • Ethics
  • Existential phenomenology

Notable ideas

  • " Ethics of ambiguity "
  • Feminist ethics
  • Existential feminism

Influences

    • Bergson
    • Descartes
    • Wollstonecraft
    • Kant
    • Hegel
    • Husserl
    • Kierkegaard
    • Heidegger
    • Leibniz
    • Marx
    • Nietzsche
    • Sartre
    • Sade

Influenced

    • Butler
    • Camus
    • Sartre
    • Paglia
    • Friedan
    • Hoagland
    • Rich
    • Greer
    • Kim

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Simone Lucie Ernestine Marie Bertrand de Beauvoir was a French writer, intellectual, existentialist philosopher, political activist, feminist and social theorist. Though she did not consider herself a philosopher, she had a significant influence on both feminist existentialism and feminist theory.

De Beauvoir wrote novels, essays, biographies, autobiography and monographs on philosophy, politics, and social issues. She was known for her 1949 treatise The Second Sex, a detailed analysis of women's oppression and a foundational tract of contemporary feminism; and for her novels, including She Came to Stay and The Mandarins. She was also known for her lifelong relationship with French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre.

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What is an adult? A child blown up by age. - Simone de Beauvoir

What is an adult? A child blown up by age.

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It is old age, rather than death, that is to be contrasted with life. Old age is life's parody, whereas death transforms life into a destiny: in a way it preserves it by giving it the absolute dimension. Death does away with time. - Simone de Beauvoir

It is old age, rather than death, that is to be contrasted with life. Old age is life's parody, whereas death transforms life into a destiny: in a way it preserves it by giving it the absolute dimension. Death does away with time.

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To catch a husband is an art to hold him is a job. - Simone de Beauvoir

To catch a husband is an art to hold him is a job.

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Art is an attempt to integrate evil. - Simone de Beauvoir

Art is an attempt to integrate evil.

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Change your life today. Don't gamble on the future, act now, without delay. - Simone de Beauvoir

Change your life today. Don't gamble on the future, act now, without delay.

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In itself, homosexuality is as limiting as heterosexuality: the ideal should be to be capable of loving a woman or a man either, a human being, without feeling fear, restraint, or obligation. - Simone de Beauvoir

In itself, homosexuality is as limiting as heterosexuality: the ideal should be to be capable of loving a woman or a man either, a human being, without feeling fear, restraint, or obligation.

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I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom. - Simone de Beauvoir

I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom.

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One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion. - Simone de Beauvoir

One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion.

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I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth - and truth rewarded me. - Simone de Beauvoir

I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth - and truth rewarded me.

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All the idols made by man, however terrifying they may be, are in point of fact subordinate to him, and that is why he will always have it in his power to destroy them. - Simone de Beauvoir

All the idols made by man, however terrifying they may be, are in point of fact subordinate to him, and that is why he will always have it in his power to destroy them.

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Society cares for the individual only so far as he is profitable. - Simone de Beauvoir

Society cares for the individual only so far as he is profitable.

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Society, being codified by man, decrees that woman is inferior she can do away with this inferiority only by destroying the male's superiority. - Simone de Beauvoir

Society, being codified by man, decrees that woman is inferior she can do away with this inferiority only by destroying the male's superiority.

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Representation of the world, like the world itself, is the work of men they describe it from their own point of view, which they confuse with the absolute truth. - Simone de Beauvoir

Representation of the world, like the world itself, is the work of men they describe it from their own point of view, which they confuse with the absolute truth.

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Defending the truth is not something one does out of a sense of duty or to allay guilt complexes, but is a reward in itself. - Simone de Beauvoir

Defending the truth is not something one does out of a sense of duty or to allay guilt complexes, but is a reward in itself.

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All oppression creates a state of war. - Simone de Beauvoir

All oppression creates a state of war.

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No one is more arrogant toward women, more aggressive or scornful, than the man who is anxious about his virility. - Simone de Beauvoir

No one is more arrogant toward women, more aggressive or scornful, than the man who is anxious about his virility.

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