Simone De Beauvoir The Ethics of Ambiguity

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Philosophy

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
The Ethics of Ambiguity
Fall 2024
Taught By: Faculty TBA
Section: A

CRN: 17430

Credits: 2

This course will consist of a close reading of Simone De Beauvoir’s text, The Ethics of Ambiguity. The Ethics of Ambiguity is in part a response to existential phenomenology from Jean-Paul Sartre, but also articulates a powerful critique against traditional moral philosophy. De Beauvoir’s text lays the groundwork for radical conceptions of a subject under oppression. De Beauvoir’s revolutionary subject helps us think through political practices under forms of domination. This course will take into serious consideration De Beauvoir’s contributions to political thought and revolution through her existentialist lens. The students will be taken through the prominent themes of the text, such as critiques of subjectivity, feminism, freedom and facticity, revolutionary ethics, and existential politics. Ultimately, the course is aimed at illustrating the radical potential of De Beauvoir’s existentialism, and the ways it can aid in making sense of our own political subjectivity. 

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Philosophy (PHI)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Tutorial (J)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 8

Add/Drop Deadline: September 5, 2024 (Thursday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: October 28, 2024 (Monday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 2:30am EDT 7/13/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday
Times: 4:00pm - 6:05pm
Building: 6 East 16th Street
Room: 734
Date Range: 8/27/2024 - 11/12/2024