According to Deleuze, philosophical problems persist covertly in the actualization of their solutions. This chapter addresses aspects of Beauvoir’s thought in The Second Sex that remain problematic from a Deleuzian perspective, such as the relationship of reciprocity to equality and hierarchy, the relationship between political violence and the “transcendental” violence provoking thought, and finally, the ontological status of the “event” grounding Beauvoir’s understanding of history in Deleuzian terms. This reading of Beauvoir is distinguished from other feminist engagements with Deleuze and argues that the most important task feminist thinkers face is understanding how representation and singularity or becoming can both be taken into consideration by feminist politics at the level of laws and institutions.
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