The Ethics of Ambiguity

by Simone de Beauvoir

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The Ethics of Ambiguity

by Simone de Beauvoir


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  • Sometimes Violence Is Justified:

    Human lives are more important than abstract values. The reason why is simple: a live person, unlike a value, can be changed or destroyed at any moment. If you treat people as tools to achieve your ends, you will lose all of your friends and relatives. Values are great, but they should not take the

  • The Cost of Freedom Is Oppression:

    Oppression is something that happens to groups of people when they are forced into a situation where they no longer have control over their own future. This can happen in any aspect of their lives because they are denied the right to decide what happens to them, even though they have been given the

  • Aloofness Is Limited:

    The idea that critics, or anyone else, can adopt a "disinterested" or objective perspective is an illusion. It's impossible to exist without any opinions or biases — we interpret the world through our own subjective lens, and anything we choose to say about it is by definition influenced by that sam

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