This page features a collection of the best resources on Simone de Beauvoir. To get started, simply choose the type of resource that best suits your learning style.
If you want an overview of Simone de Beauvoir:
- Read the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on Simone de Beauvoir. However, you should keep in mind that the Stanford Encyclopedia in often quite technical and this article may be difficult for beginners. It’s also quite long at around 10,000 words. Here’s a short excerpt that introduces Simone de Beauvoir:
“There are some thinkers who are, from the very beginning, unambiguously identified as philosophers (e.g., Plato). There are others whose philosophical place is forever contested (e.g., Nietzsche); and there are those who have gradually won the right to be admitted into the philosophical fold. Simone de Beauvoir is one of these belatedly acknowledged philosophers. 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 had to be won against her word. That place is now uncontested….”
If you’re looking for a somewhat shorter and more engaging introduction:
- Read Skye C Cleary’s article: Simone de Beauvoir’s political philosophy resonates today [1000 words]
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While these resources are a great starting point, there’s only so much you can learn by using free online resources. If you want to learn more, check out this list of the best books on Simone de Beauvoir.
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