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The Death of Maternity?

Simone de Beauvoir's A Very Easy Death

Christie McDonald

Contrasting the view of motherhood in Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex with the description of her mother's illness and death in A Very Easy Death, this essay examines the revelation of feelings previously unexplored in the relationship to her mother. Faced with a life-shattering experience, Beauvoir revisits issues not only about motherhood and maternity from her philosophical and sociological study, but her own feelings about her mother and disturbing ways in which doctors and families withheld knowledge from the dying in the mid-twentieth century.

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Thinking with Sartre

Edited by John H. Gillespie and Sarah Richmond

the practico-inert not merely to limit but to enhance freedom, drawing on Plaidoyer pour les intellectuels along the way. Finally Angela Shepherd, writing about Simone de Beauvoir’s concern for feminist liberation, argues that her existentialist

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Imagining Utopia in an Unfree World

Rick Turner on Morality, Inequality and Existentialism

Mary Ryan

exacerbated by a consumer market society – degrades social relationships. People become consumers who orientate themselves around attaining commodities, morphing human beings into things. Consistent with existentialist philosophy’s treatment of human beings as

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Alfred Betschart

-Betancourt, Philosophie der Befreiung (Frankfurt a. M.: Suhrkamp 1983), 365. 26 Existentialist philosophy comprises ontology, epistemology, psychology, social and political philosophy, and ethics/meta-ethics. The only other major modern philosophy after Hegel asserting

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Mary Edwards

own existentialist philosophy. Kate Fullbrook and Edward Fullbrook's controversial biography, Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre: The Remaking of a Twentieth Century Legend (Hemel Hempstead: Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1993), then sought to reverse