The Philosophers' Book Club: Deborah Levy, The Cost of Living

May 20, 2019, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Forum for Philosophy

Old Theatre
Old Building, London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom


London School of Economics

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All welcome | Free to attend | First come, first served at the door

At the Philosophers’ Book Club, we select a work of fiction or non-fiction and our panel discusses its philosophical themes. For this inaugural gathering, we’ll be reading Deborah Levy’s new memoir, The Cost of Living. ‘Levy explicitly recuperates De Beauvoir’s position, not only by engaging closely with The Second Sex, but by going deeply into the philosopher’s personal struggles to reconcile sexual love with intellectual liberty’, says Kathryn Hughes.

We encourage you to read the book in advance, but it is by no means necessary. Either way, join us for lively discussion and thoughtful company.

Edward Harcourt
Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Oxford

Kathryn Hughes
Professor of Life Writing, University of East Anglia

Deborah Levy
Poet, playwright, and author
Fellow, Columbia Institute of Ideas and Imagination

Shahidha Bari
Fellow, Forum for Philosophy
Senior Lecturer in Romanticism, Queen Mary University of London

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