The Philosophy and Feminism of Simone de Beauvoir
About the Course
We’ve all heard of Simone de Beauvoir, and some of us might even think we know all there is to know about her philosophy and feminism. But many of Beauvoir’s revolutionary ideas have been neglected by history, replaced instead with salacious tales of her intellectual partnership with Sartre.
In this course, lecturer in Religion, Philosophy and Culture at King’s College London and author of Becoming Beauvoir: A Life, Kate Kirkpatrick introduces us to a new way of seeing Beauvoir’s impact on modern society. Kirkpatrick divides the course in two, first tackling her philosophy and then moving on to discuss her feminism. Ultimately, Kirkpatrick paints an honest and just picture of a woman who she believes changed the face of western society forever.
By the end of the course, you will have learned about:
- Beauvoir's leap from fiction to ethical writing
- Her partnership with Sartre, where they agreed and where they disagreed
- The meaning of "looking at" vs "looking to" in Beauvoir's philosophy
- The concept of inaction as a negative force
- The multiplicity of incompatible myths, according to Beauvoir
- The effect of childhood on the internalisation of values
As part of the course there are in-video quiz questions to consolidate your learning and discussion boards where you can have your say.
IAI Academy courses are designed to be challenging but accessible to the interested student. No specialist knowledge is required.
About the Instructor
Kate Kirkpatrick is Lecturer in Religion, Philosophy and Culture at King's College London, UK. Kate Kirkpatrick has written on Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and methodology in the philosophy of religion.
Part One: Beauvoir and PhilosophyBeauvoir famously said that one must ‘become’ a woman, but how does anyone ‘become’ themselves? Kirkpatrick delves into Beauvoir’s existentialist philosophy.
Part Two: Beauvoir and FeminismBeauvoir is widely regarded as initiating second-wave feminism, but what exactly did she say about women and the social institutions that oppress them?