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"The Blood of Others": A Novel Approach to "The Ethics of Ambiguity"

Eleanore Holveck
Hypatia
Vol. 14, No. 4, The Philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir (Autumn, 1999), pp. 3-17
Published by: Wiley on behalf of Hypatia, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3810823
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"The Blood of Others": A Novel Approach to "The Ethics of Ambiguity"
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Abstract

This article shows that the relationship between Simone de Beauvoir's novel, Le Sang des autres (The Blood of Others), first published in 1945, and her essay, Pour une morale de l'ambiguïté (The Ethics of Ambiguity), first published in 1947, illustrates her point in "Littérature et métaphysique" that an abstract philosophical theory is grounded in immediate metaphysical experience. An original ethical position emerges from Hélène Bertrand's lived experience in the novel, which anticipates feminist issues addressed in The Second Sex more directly than does Beauvoir's essay.

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