Simone de Beauvoir: Existentialism, Phenomenology

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

Course Details
$315 3 seats left
Start Date:

Tue, Oct 18, 6:30pm - Nov 08, 9:30pm Eastern Time (4 sessions)

Online Classroom
Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 21 and older
Average Class Size: 14
System Requirements:

You will need a reliable Internet connection as well as a computer or device with which you can access your virtual class. We recommend you arrive to class 5-10 minutes early to ensure you're able to set up your device and connection.

Class Delivery:

Classes will be held via Zoom.

Teacher: Theodra Bane

Flexible Reschedule Policy: This provider has flexible, free rescheduling for any-in person workshop. Please see the cancellation policy for more details

What you'll learn in this philosophy class:

Simone de Beauvoir: Existentialism, Phenomenology, Feminism

Simone de Beauvoir—activist, author, social critic, philosopher—is considered one of the pioneering figures of existentialist and feminist philosophy. Although her work spans multiple genres and address numerous modern social questions and classic philosophical dilemmas, it was the 1953 publication of The Second Sex that brought the “woman question” into plain and clear light and marked her entry into not only French, but also Western intellectual life more broadly. 

How, why and through what is something “masculine” or “feminine”? How is “woman”—technically over half the human population—somehow the primary Other of social life and discourse? Excluded from the formal philosophical canon during her own lifetime, Beauvoir’s contributions to contemporary thought are now widely recognized. She surpassed many of her contemporaries—including life-partner Jean Paul Sartre—in interrogating key dilemmas regarding freedom, self, embodiment, existence, and, above all, gender.

Is gender fundamental to human understanding and existence? How can we best understand the constraints on our freedom and the ways in which we are defined—both by ourselves and by society?

In this course, we will address these questions by taking a deep dive into the philosophic literature of Beauvoir (including large sections of The Second Sex), her theories, and their residual impacts on questions of freedom, identity, and gender. 

We will investigate her contributions to existentialism as a complex relation to freedom, her turn to phenomenology to investigate the embodiment of difference, and her own tenuous relationship to feminism. Students will explore Beauvoir’s staggering philosophical output while thinking through contemporary struggles and debates over humanity and violence in the modern world.

Remote Learning

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Refund Policy

Upon request, we will refund the entire cost of a class up until 1 week before its start date. Students who withdraw after that point but before the first class are entitled to a 75% refund. After the first class: 50%. After the second: 25%. No refunds will be given after the third class.

Start Dates (1)
Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
6:30pm - 9:30pm Eastern Time Theodra Bane 4 $315
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Tue, Oct 25 6:30pm - 9:30pm Eastern Time Theodra Bane
Tue, Nov 01 6:30pm - 9:30pm Eastern Time Theodra Bane
Tue, Nov 08 6:30pm - 9:30pm Eastern Time Theodra Bane

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