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The Ethics of Ambiguity: Part 1

In The Ethics of Ambiguity, Simone de Beauvoir outlines an existentialist ethics, beginning with the central existentialist premise that "existence precedes essence."

http://www.marxists.org/reference/subject/ethics/de-beauvoir/ambiguity/index.htm

We will be focusing on Part 1 for this meetup.

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  • Rick O.

    When is part 2 of this meetup? We don't want to lose our thoughts from the first meetup (for us senile folk).

    1 · February 7, 2014

  • K. Scot S.

    Is 'existence precedes essence' not an aphorist proclamation (and SOPHISTicated oxymoron)?

    February 1, 2014

    • K. Scot S.

      ...that is, little more than the same... This is the kind of fideism I must associate with latter/sensationalist (hipster) existentialism. We are somehow to trade in our applicable intuitions by virtue of largely dogmatic reiterations taken to be 'argument.'

      February 6, 2014

    • Rick O.

      Perhaps it's not the same. If essence is what something 'is,' and if human existence is the 'naught,' then the statement "existence precedes essence" is not dogmatic reiteration, but shows that the two are quite different.

      February 7, 2014

  • Rick O.

    Lucretius 'swerve' (clinamen):
    De Rerum Natura,[masked]

    1 · February 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great work discussed and really great thinkers. Socrates must be smiling. I'm sure glad to have attended as observer today and look forward to participating as member in near future.

    2 · February 1, 2014

  • Giovanni A.

    Is there a spot still open for this discussion?

    January 15, 2014

    • Chad B.

      Yes and no, since the only ethical answer to this question is an ambiguous one.

      2 · January 28, 2014

    • Brian

      yes

      February 1, 2014

  • Rick O.

    Chad - weather not pleasant - hope you can still make it?

    February 1, 2014

    • Chad B.

      No worries. I stopped riding my bicycle in the snow.

      February 1, 2014

  • Chad B.

    January 31, 2014

  • Rick O.

    favorite phrase:

    "the for-itself carries nothingness in its heart..."

    January 30, 2014

    • Brian

      Ok let's play this game: "My freedom must not seek to trap being but to disclose it. The disclosure is the transition from being to existence. The goal which my freedom aims at is conquering existence across the always inadequate density of being."

      January 31, 2014

    • Rick O.

      Mightn't I re-phrase:
      "Freedom is the transition from nothingness to existence"

      1 · February 1, 2014

  • Peter R.

    Have a cold so I'm giving up my seat at the meet upl

    January 31, 2014

  • mariann

    Are we reading the entire work- or just Part One?

    January 13, 2014

    • Chad B.

      I'm just trying to prompt discussion. It's public property as far as I'm concerned, but I will change the title back.

      January 15, 2014

    • mariann

      Cool!!

      January 15, 2014

  • mariann

    Yay! Simone de Beauvoir! I remember reading The Second Sex a few years ago, and thought it was "just alright" due to its emphasis on transcendence... but lately, I've been wanting to revisit her. I'm excited for this.

    December 22, 2013

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