edited by Simone de Beauvoir and Margaret A. Simons
with Marybeth Timmermann and Mary Beth Mader
foreword by Sylvie Le Bon de Beauvoir
University of Illinois Press, 2021
Paper: 978-0-252-08593-2 | eISBN: 978-0-252-09716-4 | Cloth: 978-0-252-02982-0
Library of Congress Classification PQ2603.E362A6 2004
Dewey Decimal Classification 844.914

Despite growing interest in her philosophy, Simone de Beauvoir remains widely misunderstood. She is typically portrayed as a mere intellectual follower of her companion, Jean-Paul Sartre. In Philosophical Writings, Beauvoir herself shows that nothing could be further from the truth.

Beauvoir's philosophical work suffers from a lack of English-language translation or, worse, mistranslation into heavily condensed popular versions. Philosophical Writings provides an unprecedented collection of complete, scholarly editions of philosophical texts that cover the first twenty-three years of Beauvoir's career, including a number of recently discovered works. Ranging from metaphysical literature to existentialist ethics, Philosophical Writings brings together diverse elements of Beauvoir's work while highlighting continuities in the development of her thought. Each of the translations features detailed notes and a scholarly introduction explaining its larger significance.

Revelatory and long overdue, Philosophical Writings adds to the ongoing resurgence of interest in Beauvoir's thought and to her growing influence on today's philosophical curriculum.