Simone de Beauvoir Writing the Self: Philosophy Becomes Autobiography

Pilardi, Jo-Ann. Simone de Beauvoir Writing the Self: Philosophy Becomes Autobiography, Westport: Greenwood Press, 1999.

From the publisher:

The development of Simone de Beauvoir’s notion of self in both her philosophical and autobiographical writings is analyzed in this volume. Two ideas of the self are isolated: the existential notion of the self and the gendered self, which she developed in The Second Sex, and which represents a major departure from existential philosophy. Beginning with a study of her early essays, the author proceeds to discuss Beauvoir’s major philosophical works and her autobiographical writings where three personae emerge—the child, the woman in love, and the writer. This analysis highlights the innovative quality of Beauvoir’s thought. It also shows that writing an autobiography can be a philosophically inventive enterprise and one in which Beauvoir created her most profound analysis of the self.