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Simone de Beauvoir's Philosophy of IndividuationThe Problem of The Second Sex$
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Laura Hengehold

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474418874

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474418874.001.0001

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The Problem of Sexist Sense

The Problem of Sexist Sense

(p.25) Chapter 2 The Problem of Sexist Sense
Simone de Beauvoir's Philosophy of Individuation

Laura Hengehold

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter focuses on the first volume of The Second Sex (“Facts and Myths”) and argues that the real goal of Beauvoir’s text is to prevent the systematic blockage of women’s opportunities for individuation. Like Deleuze’s critique of representation, Beauvoir’s critique of sexist systems of knowledge and politics arose from concerns about the nature of “sense” associated with late Husserlian phenomenology. This chapter also establishes some terminology, asking how a “concept,” a “problem,” “conceptual personae” and a “life” are related in Deleuze’s thought and in Beauvoir’s corpus. The concept of “transcendence” is used as a case study for unpacking these relationships.

Keywords:   Representation, Husserl, History, the Other, components of the concept, transcendence, phenomenology, individuation, Bergson, Leibniz, singularity

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