Philosophy as Passion

Philosophy as Passion : The Thinking of Simone De Beauvoir

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"Accessible, attractively written (and very well translated), Vintges's study is a convincing defence of de Beauvoir against some of the more common criticisms." -Radical Philosophy"... Vintges's meticulous textual analysis, logical clarity, and sweeping originality guarantee her book its enduring value. Indispensable for students of Beauvoir's philosophy and existentialism, Vintges's book will prove valuable as well in courses on ethics, postmodernism, and feminist theory." -Ethics"... a highly informative book." -Teaching Philosophy"... important... well worth reading." -Library Journal"... clearly written, comprehensive... will prove valuable as well in courses on ethics, postmodernism, and feminist theory." -Ethics"The book is essential reading for those interested in Beauvoir and in existentialism generally." -Women's Philosophy Review"The moral theory revealed offers ethical answers to some of today's most difficult issues." -AAUW OutlookPhilosophy as Passion refutes the commonly held view of Simone de Beauvoir as no more than an acolyte of Jean-Paul Sartre. Karen Vintges delineates Beauvoir's independent, original ethics and philosophy, drawing on the moral-philosophical treatises of the 1940s and '50s, The Second Sex, The Mandarins, and her autobiographical works. Vintges shows that Beauvoir's unique notions added an ethical dimension to existentialist philosophy.show more

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  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 157 x 234.7 x 15.2mm | 398.12g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253210704
  • 9780253210708

About Karen Vintges

KAREN VINTGES is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam. A founder and editor of the journal Krisis, she has published essays on Beauvoir, Foucault, and theories of ideology, pornography, and feminism.show more

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Philosophy as Passion refutes the commonly held view of Simone de Beauvoir as no more than an acolyte of Jean-Paul Sartre. Karen Vintges delineates Beauvoir's independent, original ethics and philosophy, drawing on the moral philosophical treatises of the 1940's and 1950's along with The Second Sex, her novel The Mandarins, and autobiographical works.show more

Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsAbbreviations1. Introduction2. The Life of a Thinking Woman3. The Second Sex and Philosophy4. A Place For Love5. Forms of Ethics6. Ethics As Art of Living7. Simone de Beauvoir's Art of Living8. A Philosopher as Woman9. A Woman As Philosopher10. Philosophy as PassionNotesBibliographyIndexshow more

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"The book is essential reading for those interested in Beauvoir and in existentialism generally." --Women's Philosophy Reviewshow more

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