Simone De Beauvoir The Ethics of Ambiguity

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Philosophy

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

The Ethics of Ambiguity

Spring 2021

Taught By:

Section: A

CRN: 8602

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 (LPHI)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Sync Type: N/A

Course Format: Tutorial (J)

Max Enrollment: 8

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

*Status information is updated every five 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: 7:57pm 9/18/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Friday

Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/19/2021 - 3/14/2021