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Simone de Beauvoir

In Too lazy to assign a category on February 25, 2007 at 11:58 am

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Bridge Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir (January 9, 1908 – April 14, 1986) was a French author and philosopher. She wrote novels, monographs on philosophy, politics, and social issues, essays, biographies, and an autobiography. She is now best known for her metaphysical novels, including She Came to Stay and The Mandarins, and for her 1949 treatise The Second Sex, a detailed analysis of women's oppression and a foundational tract of contemporary feminism.

Beauvoir is buried next to Sartre at the Cimetière du Montparnasse in Paris. Since her death, her reputation has grown, not only because she is seen as the mother of post-1968 feminism, especially in academia, but also because of a growing awareness of her as a major French thinker, existentialist philosopher and otherwise.

There is much contemporary discussion about the influences of Beauvoir and Sartre on one another. She is seen as having influenced Sartre's masterpiece, Being and Nothingness, while also having written much on philosophy that is independent of Sartrean existentialism. Some scholars have explored the influences of her earlier philosophical essays and treatises upon Sartre's later thought. She is studied by many respected academics both within and outside of philosophy circles, including Margaret A. Simmons and Sally Scholtz. Beauvoir's life has also inspired numerous biographies.

The architect Dietmar Feichtinger designed a sophisticated footbridge, which was named after Beauvoir. The bridge features feminine curves and leads to the Bibliothèque nationale de France, which Beauvoir frequented throughout her life.

Wikipedia: Simone de Beauvoir

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In Too lazy to assign a category on February 25, 2007 at 11:53 am

François Mitterrand Library

In Too lazy to assign a category on February 25, 2007 at 11:41 am

This library, known as the “Trés Grande Bibliothèque” (Very Large Library) was built in 1996 in an industrial area of Paris by the river Seine. Four towers, shaped to recall four opened books were designed to house the Bibliothèque Nationale de France collection of books and manuscripts.

More than 10 millions of books are store behind these glasses, protected from the light by wooden boards.

Image and text by Spirit of Paris

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