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Simone de Beauvoir's Philosophy of Individuation: The Problem of The Second Sex

Laura Hengehold


Most studies of Simone de Beauvoir situate her with respect to Hegel and the tradition of 20th-century phenomenology begun by Husserl, Heidegger, and Merleau-Ponty. This book analyzes The Second Sex in light of the concepts of becoming, problematization, and the Other found in Gilles Deleuze. Reading Beauvoir through a Deleuzian lens allows more emphasis to be placed on Beauvoir's early interest in Bergson and Leibniz, and on the individuation of consciousness, a puzzle of continuing interest to both phenomenologists and Deleuzians. By engaging with the philosophical issues in her novels and s ... More

Keywords: Deleuze, Beauvoir, individuation, recognition, phenomenology, feminism, universalism, problematization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781474418874
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474418874.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laura Hengehold, author
Case Western Reserve University