Simone de Beauvoir
The French feminist philosopher was born January 9, 1908.
Simone de Beauvoir is often cast as only a novelist or a mere echo of Jean-Paul Sartre. But she authored many philosophical texts beyond The Second Sex, and the letters between her and Sartre reveal that both were equally concerned with existentialist questions of radical ontological freedom, the issue of self-deception, and the dynamics of desire. This episode explores the evolution of de Beauvoir's existential-ethical thinking. In what sense did she find that we are all radically free? Are we always to blame for our self-deception or can social institutions be at fault? In this vintage episode, John and Ken welcome Shannon Mussett from Utah Valley University, co-editor of Beauvoir and Western Thought from Plato to Butler. Sunday, January 7 at 11 am.