"'One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman', wrote Simone de Beauvoir.
This is a woman who was also to become a philosopher, a novelist, an existentialist, and a feminist icon. Her novels won prestigious literary prizes and The Second Sex transformed the way we think about sex and gender. She was also the long-term lover of Jean-Paul Sartre, but it was to film-maker Claude Lanzmann that she wrote 'You are my destiny, my eternity, my life ...' in letters which only came to light in 2018.
Kate Kirkpatrick draws on previously unavailable diaries and letters, including those written to Lanzmann."
Join philosopher Jamie Lombardi for a fireside chat with Kate Kirkpatrick to discuss her new book, Becoming Beauvoir. This is a joint event with the New York Society for Ethical Culture.
Dr Kirkpatrick studied Philosophy and Theology at Regent's Park College, Oxford, taking a BA in 2005. She then worked in book publishing for five years (as an editorial assistant and commissioning editor of trade non-fiction) before returning to postgraduate study. She gained her MSt and DPhil from St Cross College, Oxford.
Before joining King’s College London in 2018 Dr Kirkpatrick was Lecturer in Philosophy and Religion at the University of Hertfordshire and Stipendiary Lecturer in Theology at St Peter's College, Oxford.
Dr Kirkpatrick is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an Associate Fellow for of the Higher Education Academy, and the Treasurer of the UK Sartre Society.
Jamie Lombardi teaches philosophy at Bergen Community College in New Jersey. You can also find her on twitter @euthyphro.