Commentary. Beauvoir and Sartre: The Problem of the Other; corrected Notes

In An Unconventional History of Western Philosophy. pp. 509-523 (2009)
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Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre struggled for the whole of their philosophical careers against one of modern Western philosophy's most pervasive concepts, the Cartesian notion of self. A notion of self is always a complex of ideas; in the case of Beauvoir and Sartre it includes the ideas of embodiment, temporality, the Other, and intersubjectivity. This essay will show the considerable part that gender, especially Beauvoir's position as a woman in twentieth-century France, played in the development, presentation and reception of the couple's alternative formulation.

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Margaret A. Peg Simons
Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville


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