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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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Territories and Assemblages

Territories and Assemblages

(p.129) Chapter 5 Territories and Assemblages
Simone de Beauvoir's Philosophy of Individuation

Laura Hengehold

Edinburgh University Press

A Deleuzian reading of The Second Sex provides new solutions to problems in the field of Beauvoir reception that have already been discussed at length by feminists. These problems tend to assume that the field of thought and creative endeavor can be more easily divided or “coded” between disciplines, nationalities, and historical periods than would be the case from a Deleuzo-Guattarian point of view. Such problems include the claim that Beauvoir generalizes the struggles of European women cross-culturally, that Beauvoir’s model of sexual difference is too masculinist, and that Beauvoir herself preferred to be considered a novelist rather than a philosopher.

Keywords:   Feminism, Problematization, Literature, Sense, Biography, Sexism, Reciprocity, Violence, becoming-woman, ethnocentrism, universalism, the Other

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