By Christine Daigle, Jacob Golomb
Whereas many students reflect on Simone de Beauvoir a tremendous thinker in her personal correct, thorny problems with mutual effect among her proposal and that of Jean-Paul Sartre nonetheless haven't been settled definitively. a few proceed to think Beauvoir's personal declare that Sartre used to be the thinker and he or she used to be the follower even even though their courting was once way more complicated than this proposition indicates. Christine Daigle, Jacob Golomb, and a world team of students discover the philosophical and literary dating among Beauvoir and Sartre during this penetrating quantity. Did every one complicated a philosophy of his or her personal? Did they proportion a unmarried philosophy? Did the guidelines of every impact the opposite? How did affects increase and what used to be their nature? Who motivated whom so much of all? A crisscrossed photograph of mutual intricacies and critical adjustments emerges from the skillful and complex alternate that occurs right here.
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Getting the Beauvoir We Deserve 29 Job Name: 2 -- /302299t Where Influence Fails: Embodiment in Beauvoir and Sartre Christine Daigle In an article on Sartre’s sexist psychoanalysis, Margery Collins and Christine Pierce begin by stating that “Sartre’s view of human nature and relationships would seem, on the face of things, to preclude such sexist bias. ”1 The authors’ argument is that Sartre’s view of human beings wherein “existence precedes essence” precludes a sexist view of women, since such a view would require that women have an essence, that there is such a thing as an a priori and fi xed way of being a woman.
It is a “reassuring, materialistic, substantiation of values . . 3 This flight from anguish is understood by Sartre as a bad faith strategy that carries ethical and psychoanalytic implications (BN, 797). At the end of Being and Nothingness, Sartre promises to devote a future work to these ethical considerations (BN, 798). That work never appeared during his lifetime. Beauvoir tells us that her Ethics of Ambiguity fulfi lls Sartre’s promise. This is not, however, the whole story; for though she, like Sartre, makes it clear that the serious man’s refusal of freedom is a bad faith individual failure, she does not take up Sartre’s directive to investigate this failure through the lens of existential psychoanalysis.
It is in relation to embodiment that I think Beauvoir’s influence fails. Despite her more refined view of embodiment that unveils the fundamental ambiguity of human beings, Sartre sticks to his views that, in the end, make him a dualist: consciousness is embodied only insofar as it uses its body in order to transcend it toward its own projects. Embodiment and Sexuality in Sartre The body makes its first appearance in Sartre’s Being and Nothingness as he discusses the concept of bad faith. To illustrate how one may be in bad faith, he describes the situation of a woman at a romantic rendezvous.