CFP: Edited Volume on the Phenomenology of Simone de Beauvoir

Submission deadline: February 10, 2023

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Considered in contrast to the work of her compatriots Jean-Paul Sartre and Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Simone de Beauvoir's work as a phenomenologist has received relatively little scholarly attention, despite its significant philosophical merit and interest. This edited volume aims to correct that oversight.

We invite potential contributors to submit original abstracts of approximately 500 words (for eventual chapters in the approx. 8000-10000 word range). There are a wide variety of potential topics, but all contributions should speak to the significance of Beauvoir's work as "core" existential phenomenology. Possibilities include:

  • Comparisons between Beauvoir and other major figures in Phenomenology as a philosophical movement
  • Beauvoir's work on traditional phenomenological problems or concepts (e.g., the problem of others / the Other, intersubjectivity, ambiguity, historicity, the body, etc.)
  • Unique emphases, concepts, or phenomena discussed in Beauvoir's work and their phenomenological significance (e.g. violence, oppression, gender, romantic love, childhood, etc.) 
  • The significance of any of the above for contemporary phenomenologically-informed work

Chapters should be scholarly but/and intelligible to non-specialists and advanced students. If interested, please submit abstracts by February 10, 2023 via email to [email protected] 

Potential contributors will receive notification of acceptance by March 15. If your abstract is selected, full chapter drafts will be expected by January 2024. 

Questions? Contact Rebecca Harrison at [email protected] 

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