The Bonds of Freedom: Simone de Beauvoir's Existentialist Ethics

The Bonds of Freedom: Simone de Beauvoir's Existentialist Ethics

by Kristana Arp


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Simone de Beauvoir published a number of philosophical essays and novels before writing The Second Sex. The most important of these was The Ethics of Ambiguity, in which she argues that one’s freedom is always intertwined with that of others. The Bonds of Freedom examines de Beauvoir’s ideas on ethics, demonstrating her importance in contemporary philosophy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812694437
Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company
Publication date: 08/21/2001
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviationsxi
1.Why Beauvoir's Ethics1
2.Beauvoir as Situated Subject: The Historical Background9
Beauvoir's Roots in the Phenomenological Tradition10
Beauvoir as Situated Subject12
3.The Works Before the Ethics of Ambiguity21
Pyrrhus et Cineas22
Les Bouches inutiles26
The Blood of Others28
The Temps modernes Articles32
"Idealisme moral et realisme politique"32
"L'Existentialisme et la sagesse des nations"35
"Oeil pour oeil"38
All Men Are Mortal40
Looking Ahead to The Ethics of Ambiguity45
4.Willing others Free: The Ethics of Ambiguity47
Beauvoir's Use of Sartre's Ontology50
Ontological Freedom vs. Moral Freedom54
Ways to Fail to Realize Moral Freedom55
Beauvoir's Concept of Disclosure64
Willing Others Free68
5.Beauvoir's Ethics as an Existentialist Ethics75
Does Sartre Have an Ethics?75
Being and Nothingness78
"Existentialism is a Humanism"79
Notebooks for an Ethics84
Sartrean Ethics86
Why Pursue Moral Freedom91
Existentialist Ethics and Ethical Subjectivism95
Existentialist Ethics and Moral Dilemmas104
Beauvoir's Criteria for Personal Moral Choice105
6.Beauvoir's Ethics as an Ethics of Political Liberation111
A Moral Commitment to Liberation113
Defining Oppression115
The Moral Status of the Oppressed117
Power and Freedom120
Fighting Oppression124
A Justification for Political Violence125
Hard Choices129
7.Connections Between the Ethics of Ambiguity and the Second Sex135
Themes from The Ethics of Ambiguity in The Second Sex136
Immanence and Transcendence138
Problems with This Approach140

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