Simone de Beauvoir, Philosophy, and Feminism

Kobo ebook | July 24, 2012

byNancy Bauer

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In the introduction to The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir notes that "a man never begins by establishing himself as an individual of a certain sex: his being a man poses no problem." Nancy Bauer begins her book by asking: "Then what kind of a problem does being a woman pose?" Bauer's aim is to show that in answering this question The Second Sex dramatizes the extent to which being a woman poses a philosophical problem.

This book is a call for philosophers as well as feminists to turn, or return to, The Second Sex. Bauer shows that Beauvoir's magnum opus, written a quarter-century before the development of contemporary feminist philosophy, constitutes a meditation on the relationship between women and philosophy that remains profoundly undervalued. She argues that the extraordinary effect The Second Sex has had on women's lives, then and now, can be traced to Beauvoir's discovery of a new way to philosophize-a way grounded in her identity as a woman. In offering a new interpretation of The Second Sex, Bauer shows how philosophy can be politically productive for women while remaining genuinely philosophical.

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In the introduction to The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir notes that "a man never begins by establishing himself as an individual of a certain sex: his being a man poses no problem." Nancy Bauer begins her book by asking: "Then what kind of a problem does being a woman pose?" Bauer's aim is to show that in answering this question The S...

Nancy Bauer is assistant professor of philosophy at Tufts University.

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:July 24, 2012Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231529171

ISBN - 13:9780231529174

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Table of Contents

1. Is Feminist Philosophy a Contradiction in Terms? First Philosophy, The Second Sex, and The Third Wave
2. I am a Woman, Therefrom I Think: The Second Sex and the Meditations
Introduction: Recounting Women
5. Reading Beauvoir Reading Hegel: Pyrrhus et CinÇas and the Ethics of Ambiguity
3. The Truth of Self-Certainty: A Rendering of Hegel's Master-Slave Dialectic
4. The Conditions of Hell: Sartre on Hegel
6. The Second Sex and the Master-Slave Dialectic
7. The Struggle for Self in The Second Sex

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Bauer's subtle and original elucidation of Beauvoir's philosophical relationship to Descartes, Hegel, and Sartre is a truly important contribution to the field of feminism and philosophy--and to feminist theory in general.