From the groundbreaking author of TheSecond Sex comes a radical argument for ethical responsibility and freedom. In this classic introduction to existentialist thought, French philosopher Simone de Beauvoir sThe Ethics of Ambiguitysimultaneously pays homage to and grapples with her French contemporaries, philosophers Jean-Paul Sartre and Maurice Merleau-Ponty, by arguing that the freedoms in existentialism carry with them certain ethical responsibilities. De Beauvoir outlines a series of ways of being (the adventurer, the passionate person, the lover, the artist, and the intellectual), each of which overcomes the former s deficiencies, and thereforecan live up to the responsibilities of freedom. Ultimately, de Beauvoir argues that in order to achieve true freedom, one must battle against the choices and activities of those who suppress it.The Ethics of Ambiguity is the book that launched Simone de Beauvoir s feminist and existential philosophy. It remains a concise yet thorough examination of existence and what it means to be human. "
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Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986) is the author of many books, among them "The Second Sex" (1949) and "The Mandarins" (1954), which won the Prix Goncourt. Carol Cosman is a freelance translator who has also translated Jean-Paul Sartre's "The Family Idiot: Gustave Flaubert, 1821-1857". Douglas Brinkley is a Professor of History at the University of New Orleans and the author of a forthcoming biography of Jimmy Carter.