Thursday, August 21, 2008

Simone de Beauvoir and Otherness

It is amazing when you look back at the history of an idea to see how it has developed over the years. Earlier this year, marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of Simone de Beauvoir, this video was put together.

A little surprising, isn’t it, how many of the issues that are still hot topics today were being discussed six decades ago? But for all that the concrete issues she engaged over the years might have grabbed the video headlines on the anniversary of her birth, de Beauvoir was a brilliant philosopher who dealt with some very heady, sometimes abstract, concepts. In the thought of de Beauvoir, I think the most important concept has to be the notion of woman as the Other, as developed in her most famous work, The Second Sex. continue reading

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