INTRODUCTION

“Introduction to an Ethics of Ambiguity” first appeared in print in 1946, a year before the publication of Simone de Beauvoir’s longer work,The Ethics of Ambiguity, in which it was incorporated as part of the first chapter. Although there are only a few lines in her introduction that do not appear i...

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Published in: Philosophical Writings p. 279
Main Author: Gail Weiss
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Published: University of Illinois Press 11-13-2014
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Summary: “Introduction to an Ethics of Ambiguity” first appeared in print in 1946, a year before the publication of Simone de Beauvoir’s longer work,The Ethics of Ambiguity, in which it was incorporated as part of the first chapter. Although there are only a few lines in her introduction that do not appear in the subsequent volume, what is notable about this short piece is that it throws into relief several important themes that preoccupied Beauvoir throughout her life, including the relationship between transcendence and immanence, the difference between the “desire to disclose being” and the “desire to be,” and the
DOI: 10.5406/j.ctt13x1m38.24