Reading Group Goes Digital — de Beauvoir on Ethics

26 Mar

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This Spring we will be turning to the extensive corpus of Jean-Paul Sartre—who was once the public philosopher, but who has more recently become the third-rail of continental philosophy. We will be looking at a wide swath of his work, putting it into conversation with his many contemporaries—from his most well-known interlocutors (such as Simone de Beauvoir and Maurice Merleau-Ponty) to some of his lesser-known contemporaries (such as Trần Đức Thảo). Don’t miss our meetings most Tuesday evenings (8:00-10:00pm) on the INTERNET! (login information below in red).

This week:

  • Mar 31
    • De Beauvoir, Simone. Ethics of Ambiguity, Chapter 1

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

Please bring either a digital or hard copy of the text with you to the discussion.

Time: 8:00pm-10:00pm
Location: Online


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As a reminder, even though we have moved to thematic groups, there is no expectation that people participate in every week, so even if you can’t commit to the whole section, you are still more than welcome to join us when you can.





Phenomenology and the Ego

  • Jan 21
    • Husserl, Edmund. Logical Investigations. Investigation V, Chapter 1.
    • Husserl, Edmund. Ideas II. §§22-23.
    • Recommended: Levy, Lior. “Intentionality, Consciousness, and the Ego: The Influence of Husserl’s Logical Investigations on Sartre’s Early Work.”
  • Jan 28
    • Sartre, Jean-Paul. Transcendence of the Ego. Chapter I, “The I and the Me”
    • Recommended: Baert, Patrick. Introduction in The Existential Moment: the Rise of Sartre as a Public Intellectual.
  • Feb 4
    • Thảo, Trần Đức. Phenomenology and Dialectical Materialism, Chapter 2.
  • Feb 11
    • Sarte, Jean-Paul. Being and Nothingness, Part I, Chapter 1.

Intersubjectivity and Ethics

  • Feb 18
    • Sartre, Jean-Paul. Being and Nothingness, Part III, Chapter 1.
  • Feb 25
    • Levinas, Emmanuel. Time & the Other, Part III-IV.
  • Mar 3
    • Sartre, Jean-Paul. “Existentialism is a Humanism.”
  • Mar 10
    • Heidegger, Martin. “Letter on Humanism” in Basic Writings.
  • Mar 31
    • De Beauvoir, Simone. Ethics of Ambiguity, Chapter 1.

Psychology and Literature

  • Apr 7
    • Sartre, Jean-Paul. The Emotions: Outline of a Theory, Introduction and Chapter 3.
  • Apr 14
    • Fanon, Frantz. Decolonializing Madness. Chapter 1.
    • Fanon, Frantz. The Wretched of the Earth, Chapter 5.
  • Apr 21
    • Sartre, Jean-Paul. What is literature?, Chapter 1.
    • Recommended: Sartre, Jean-Paul. The Age of Reason.
  • Apr 28
    • Barthes, Roland. Writing Degree Zero, Introduction and Chapter 1.

Politics and Oppression

  • May 5
    • Sartre, Jean-Paul. The Anti-Semite and the Jew, Chapter 1.
  • May 12
    • Sartre, Jean-Paul. “Black Orpheus.”
  • May 19
    • Fanon, Frantz. The Wretched of the Earth, Chapter 1.
    • Recommended; Sartre, Jean-Paul. The Wretched of the Earth, Preface.
  • May 26
    • Sartre, Jean-Paul. The Search for a Method. Chapter 1, “Marxism and Existentialism.”
  • June 2
    • Merleau-Ponty, Maurice. Humanism and Terror, Authors Preface.
  • June 9
    • Weil, Simone. Oppression and Liberty, Prospectus.
    • Weil, Simone. “The Illiad, or the Poem of Force”

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE


2 Responses to “Reading Group Goes Digital — de Beauvoir on Ethics”

  1. Robert Maddock April 3, 2020 at 8:46 pm #

    Having read the selection on Sartre and the Emotions I think that chapter 3 would provide the more fruitful discussion. Based on the way we usually operate if we start with the introduction we will never reach chapter 3.

    • jleavittpearl April 3, 2020 at 9:14 pm #

      I’ll check that out. Do note that we are postponing that reading one week, to add in the Camus reading we discussed on Tuesday, I just sent out a post with some more deets for you

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