“One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, and compassion” - Simone de Beauvoir
Today marks Simone de Beauvoir's 106th birthday. de Beauvoir was a French intellectual, writer, existentialist philosopher, and feminist. Best known for her book The Second Sex, a key text in the development of modern feminist theory, De Beauvoir explored the idea that “One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman” and she remained committed to the women’s liberation in France throughout her life. Although they never married, she was in a lifelong relationship with Jean-Paul Sartre and remained together until his death; her novel She Came to Stay is a fictionalized account of their relationship. She also wrote The Mandarins, a novel following the personal lives of her fellow philosophers as well as several volumes of autobiography.
To celebrate, we've made a selection of academic essays on de Beauvoir, her work, and her legacy, available for free for one month:
- 'Introduction' in Simone de Beauvoir and the Politics of Ambiguity by Sonia Kurs
- 'Simone de Beauvoir's Depserate Housewives' in Philosophy and Love: From Plato to Popular Culture by Linnell Secomb
- 'Joined Lives and Shared Work' in Creative Collaboration by Vera John-Steiner
- 'The Influence of Simone de Beauvoir' in Freedom for Women: Forging the Women's Liberation Movement, 1953-70
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