January 23rd – Simone de Beauvoir And Philosophy Bites Back (I Won A Copy!)
Sorry for the rather off-topic post, but a little while back I saw this announced on Twitter: a competition to win a copy of the second Philosophy Bites book, Philosophy Bites Back, by authors Nigel Warburton and David Edmonds.
They asked via Twitter to nominate favourite philosophers and why, which you can can view on Storify - and I won runner-up with this Tweet!
Since this is the week that I’m posting blogposts about historical figures, I’ll consider this a good day to learn about Simone de Beauvoir, if you haven’t before:
Identifying herself as an author rather than as a philosopher and calling herself the midwife of Sartre’s existential ethics rather than a thinker in her own right, Beauvoir’s place in philosophy is now gaining traction. The international conference celebrating the centennial of Beauvoir’s birth organized by Julia Kristeva is one of the more visible signs of Beauvoir’s growing influence and status. Her enduring contributions to the fields of ethics,politics, existentialism, phenomenology and feminist theory and her significance as an activist and public intellectual is now a matter of record.
And of interest: “The Simone de Beauvoir Institute (SdBI) is a college of Concordia University dedicated to studying feminisms and questions of social justice.”
I also recommend listening to the podcast by the authors: Listen to Who’s Your Favourite Philosopher? and I’ll see about reviewing the book for the blog!