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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 Freedom of Others

The Freedom of Others

(p.95) Chapter 4 The Freedom of Others
Simone de Beauvoir's Philosophy of Individuation

Laura Hengehold

Edinburgh University Press

Beauvoir’s discussion of “Liberation” at the end of The Second Sex draws on prior efforts to ground ethical freedom in the act of disclosing the freedom of others. This chapter pursues a non-Hegelian interpretation of Beauvoir’s ethics through careful readings of Pyrrhus et Cinéas and The Ethics of Ambiguity, as well as her political essays. Beauvoirian freedom is reconceived as an effort to support one’s own individuation through the individuation of others, bringing her into dialogue with contemporary thinkers of the “transindividual” and Mitsein such as Gilbert Simondon, Paolo Virno, and Jean-Luc Nancy.

Keywords:   Mitsein, Individuation, Recognition, Reciprocity, the Other, Bergson, Temporality, Disclosure, Ambiguity, Ethics, communication, transindividuality, literature

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