The Contradictions of Freedom

The Contradictions of Freedom : Philosophical Essays on Simone de Beauvoir's The Mandarins

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This unique collection examines the various contradictions of freedom in Simone de Beauvoir's The Mandarins, the tumultuous epic about the personal and political lives of post-World War II French intellectuals. Fifty years after its publication, Beauvoir's book transcends the narrow confines of time and place to speak powerfully to audiences today. Contributors address political turmoil, collective responsibility, individual choice and commitment, love relationships, subjectivity, art, and freedom. With an extensive introduction that explores the historical period surrounding France after World War II, Beauvoir's own account of the novel's creation, and the initial reception of the novel around the world, this book is an essential companion to Beauvoir's celebrated novel.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 244 pages
  • 154.94 x 226.06 x 22.86mm | 453.59g
  • Albany, NY, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • Total Illustrations: 0
  • 0791465594
  • 9780791465592

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"The collection strikes a perfect balance between analyzing the novel on its own terms and relating it to 'real life' political and cultural issues, as well as to Beauvoir's nonfiction and the work of Sartre, Husserl, Hegel, and Foucault. It's a must read for Beauvoir scholars, as well as for the broader community of philosophers who work on existentialism, feminist philosophy, and the relationship of philosophy and literature."
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About Shannon M. Mussett

Sally J. Scholz is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Villanova University and the author of On de Beauvoir.

Shannon M. Mussett is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Utah Valley State College.
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