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- DescriptionSimone de Beauvoir and the Politics of Ambiguity is the first full-length study of Beauvoir's political thinking. Best kwn as the author of The Second Sex, Beauvoir also wrote an array of other political and philosophical texts that are less well kwn. Together, these constitute an original contribution to political theory and philosophy. The book both locates Beauvoir in her own intellectual and political context and demonstrates her continuing significance. For, in her unique voice, Beauvoir still speaks to a range of pressing theoretical and practical questions concerning politics. These include the political value and dangers of liberal humanism; how oppressed groups become complicit in their own oppression; how social identities are perpetuated; the limits to rationalism and the place of emotions, such as the desire for revenge, in politics. In discussing Beauvoir's reflections on these and other matters the book puts her ideas into conversation with those of many contemporary thinkers, including feminist and race theorists, as well as with historical figures in the liberal, Hegelian, and Marxist traditions. Beauvoir's political thinking emerges from her fundamental insights into the ambiguity of human existence. Combining phemelogical descriptions with structural analyses, she focuses on the tensions of human action as both free and constrained. To be human is to be an embodied self, to be capable of free choice and yet to be constrained and physically vulnerable. It is also to be in the world with many other such selves, whose relationships may be both reciprocal and conflictual or oppressive. Such ambiguities are intrinsic to politics, and they are t subject to resolution. Beauvoir thus shows us that failure is a necessary part of political action, and she insists that we ackwledge this while also assuming responsibility for the outcomes of what we do.
- Author BiographySonia Kruks grew up in London and studied at Leeds University and the London School of Economics. She taught at universities in London and in Southern Africa before moving to the USA, where she has taught at the Graduate Faculty of The New School for Social Research and at Oberlin College. She is the author of several books on existential political theory and feminist theory.
- Author(s)Sonia Kruks
- PublisherOxford University Press Inc
- Date of Publication06/12/2012
- Series TitleStudies in Feminist Philosophy
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintOxford University Press Inc
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight302 g
- Width161 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine14 mm
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