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The ethics of ambiguity

Author: Simone de Beauvoir; Bernard Frechtman
Publisher: New York, NY : Open Road Integrated Media, Inc., 2018.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From the groundbreaking author of The Second Sex comes a radical argument for ethical responsibility and freedom. In this classic introduction to existentialist thought, French philosopher Simone de Beauvoir's The Ethics of Ambiguity simultaneously pays homage to and grapples with her French contemporaries, philosophers Jean-Paul Sartre and Maurice Merleau-Ponty, by arguing that the freedoms in existentialism carry  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Simone de Beauvoir; Bernard Frechtman
ISBN: 9781504054218 1504054210
OCLC Number: 1033673478
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Intro; Title Page; Contents; I Ambiguity and Freedom; II Personal Freedom and Others; III The Positive Aspect of Ambiguity; 1. The Aesthetic Attitude; 2. Freedom and Liberation; 3. The Antinomies of Action; 4. The Present and the Future; 5. Ambiguity; Conclusion; Index; Copyright Page.
Other Titles: Pour une morale de l'ambiguïté.
Responsibility: Simone de Beauvoir ; translated from the French by Bernard Frechtman.

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From the groundbreaking author of The Second Sex comes a radical argument for ethical responsibility and freedom. In this classic introduction to existentialist thought, French philosopher Simone de Beauvoir's The Ethics of Ambiguity simultaneously pays homage to and grapples with her French contemporaries, philosophers Jean-Paul Sartre and Maurice Merleau-Ponty, by arguing that the freedoms in existentialism carry with them certain ethical responsibilities. De Beauvoir outlines a series of "ways of being" (the adventurer, the passionate person, the lover, the artist, and the intellectual), each of which overcomes the former's deficiencies, and therefore can live up to the responsibilities of freedom. Ultimately, de Beauvoir argues that in order to achieve true freedom, one must battle against the choices and activities of those who suppress it. The Ethics of Ambiguity is the book that launched Simone de Beauvoir's feminist and existential philosophy. It remains a concise yet thorough examination of existence and what it means to be human.

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