Simone de Beauvoir: A Critical Introduction
February 1998, Polity
The Fullbrooks begin with an account of Beauvoir's formation as a philosopher. They then explore her early writing on philosophical method and the ways this shaped her fiction. The book traces the development of Beauvoir's central theories of embodied consciousness and intersubjectivity, and examines her concepts of the "individual" and the "social other". An analysis of Beauvoir's ethics of liberation leads to philosophical readings of her great works of applied ethics, The Second Sex and Old Age. Finally, Beauvoir's contribution to continuing debates about consciousness, the body, the self and the other is reassessed.
The publication of this introduction to Beauvoir's philosophy is an important contribution to the current renaissance of Beauvoir studies. Clear, accessible and lively, this book is essential reading not only for students of Beauvoir but for anyone interested in the submerged record of women's impact on philosophy.
1. The Education of a Philosopher.
2. Writing for her Life.
3. Literature and Philosophy.
4. Narrative Selves.
5. Embodiment and Intersubjectivity.
6. The Ethics of Liberation.
7. Applied Ethics I: The Second Sex.
8. Applied Ethics II: Les Belles Images, The Woman Destroyed, and Old Age.
The Works of Simone de Beauvoir.
Kate Fullbrook is Professor of Literary Studies at the University of the West of England, Bristol. They are authors of Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre: The Remaking of a Twentieth-Century Legend and many essays on Simone de Beauvoir.
* The approach to Simone de Beauvoir is distinctive because it examines her work as a philosopher - this book is the first full-length assessment of Simone de Beauvoir's philosophy.
* Covers the whole area of her career - her fiction as well as her philosophical work - and explores the influence on her work as well as the legacy of her writing.
"This is certainly a book that needed to be written and the authors make an excellent job of it. The book can be highly recommended." Dr Elizabeth Fallaize, St. John's College, Oxford
"A good working introduction to de Beauvoir's thought." Times Literary Supplement
"A concise and unified picture of Beauvoir as philosopher." Women's Philosophy Review