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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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Lived Experience

Lived Experience

(p.58) Chapter 3 Lived Experience
Simone de Beauvoir's Philosophy of Individuation

Laura Hengehold

Edinburgh University Press

Focusing on the second volume of The Second Sex (“Lived Experience”), this chapter investigates Beauvoir’s descriptions of the bodily and mnemonic habits that make women intelligible to themselves and others. Special attention is paid to the two social activities that seem to prevent women from filling the role of the slave in Hegel’s struggle for recognition: maternity and care work, which leaves no lasting alienable product. This analysis of Beauvoir’s “Lived Experience” shows how the meanings of gender get “re-actualized” generation after generation. It also poses difficult questions for our ability to tell when a given practice – such as narcissism, religiosity, heterosexual romance or lesbianism – is a rigid repetition and when it functions as a line of flight.

Keywords:   Mitsein, Heidegger, Sartre, Consciousness, Habit, Bergson, Individuation, universals, lesbianism, maternity, work, narcissism, love, mysticism

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