Becoming Beauvoir: A Life

by Kate Kirkpatrick

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Becoming Beauvoir: A Life

by Kate Kirkpatrick


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  • Beauvoir’s Philosophy:

    Simone de Beauvoir’s existential philosophy didn't just focus on personal freedom, she argued that you should use your freedom to create ethical conditions for others. Everyone has a different experience, and each person has a unique existence — that unique perspective determines how we should act.

  • Romantic Proclivities:

    Beauvoir, as an existentialist, believed in open relationships; as did her partner Sartre. It worked mostly well for them. However, she became jealous of one of her other lovers having multiple partners. Later, she and Sartre would damage their reputation as philosophers and as teachers as they invi

  • Cataclysmic Moments:

    On a trip to Lourdes Beauvoir saw true suffering and how privileged she really was. She had a minor existential crisis over her existence and what it meant to live a life. Though she was saddened by the lives of others, she realized that it wasn’t her place to ease their suffering. Accepting this wo

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