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Towards a Theory of Freedom

Mariam Thalos

Human freedom resides primarily in exercise of that capacity that humans employ more abundantly than any other species on earth: the capacity for judgement. And in particular: that special judgement in relation to Self that we call aspiration. Freedom is not the absence of a field of (other) powers; instead, freedom shows up only against the reticulations of power impinging from without. For freedom worthy of the name must be construed as an exercise of power within an already-present field of power. Thus, liberty and causal necessity are not obverses.

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Beauvoir, Kinsey, and Mid-Century Sex

Judith G. Coffin

This essay considers the near simultaneity of The Second Sex and Alfred C. Kinsey's reports on sexual behavior. It shows how reviewers in both France and the United States paired the studies; it asks how that pairing shaped the reception of The Second Sex; and it situates the studies in their larger historical context—a moment in which sexuality commanded new and much broader attention. An ever-widening number of disciplines, institutions, sectors of mass culture, and representatives of an expanding consumer economy (from studies of the authoritarian personality or juvenile delinquency to advertising) insisted that sexuality was key to their concerns and enterprises. The ways in which sexuality might be understood multiplied—to the point where an allencompassing notion of “sex” collapsed, giving way, eventually, to a plurality of terms: sexuality, sex roles, and gender.

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Alienation and Affectivity

Beauvoir, Sartre and Levinas on the Ageing Body

Kathleen Lennon and Anthony Wilde

Alienation and Dehumanisation In her writings on old age, Simone de Beauvoir presents us with a problematic relation to our ageing bodies. For her, this relation is one of alienation. We experience our body as something other than ourselves

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“One Is Not Born a Dramatist”

The Genesis of Sartre’s Theatrical Career in Writings to, with, and by Beauvoir

Dennis A. Gilbert

revealing sources of this information, namely writings to, with, and by Simone de Beauvoir. In this regard, I will look at the exchange of letters between Sartre and Beauvoir, her wartime diary, an article and a recording by Beauvoir from the 1940s in which

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Érotisme, désir et sadisme chez Sartre

Jean-Pierre Boulé

compris les rapports sexuels. Dans la fiction, on trouve de nombreux passages sur la sexualité. Nous avons également de multiples interviews qui portent sur le sujet, le film Sartre par lui-même , ainsi que les entretiens avec Simone de Beauvoir d

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Book Reviews

Sarah Horton and Adrian van den Hoven

anyone interested in Camus's work. Adrian van den Hoven University of Windsor Yan Hamel, En Randonnée avec Simone de Beauvoir . Boréal, Montréal, Canada, 2020. Can $25,95. Ceci n'est pas une biographie ! Au contraire, c'est l

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Kate Kirkpatrick, Jonathan Webber, and John H. Gillespie

, Camus and revolt, the dispute with Sartre and Beauvoir, Camus and Algerian independence, and Camus’ legacies. Camus’ major literary works are introduced, as are his best-known philosophical essays – The Myth of Sisyphus and The Rebel . Experienced

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Virile Resistance and Servile Collaboration

Interrupting the Gendered Representation of Betrayal in Resistance Movements

Maša Mrovlje

theoretical framework, I draw on Simone de Beauvoir's critique of masculinist myths of femininity in The Second Sex, combined with work in contemporary feminist scholarship on the oppressive constructions of female subjectivity in debates on war and violence

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John Gillespie and Katherine Morris

which we seem to have rediscovered the value of dialogue with others, many of the contributions to this issue exemplify that value as well: we see here Sartre in dialogue with Husserl, with Beauvoir, with Badiou, and with Lacan. First, Di Huang

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Anti-Racism and Existential Philosophy

An interview with Kathryn Sophia Belle

Kathryn Sophia Belle and Edward O'Byrn

(2003): 55-67, 2010 (Convergences) “Sartre, Beauvoir, and the Race/Gender Analogy: A Case for Black Feminist Philosophy” in Convergences: Black Feminism and Continental Philosophy , pages 35-51. Eds. Maria