This May, the OUP Philosophy team honors Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986) as their Philosopher of the Month. A French existentialist philosopher, novelist, and feminist theoretician, Beauvoir’s essays on ethics and politics engage with questions about freedom and responsibility in human existence. She is perhaps best known for Le deuxième sexe (The Second Sex), a groundbreaking examination of the female condition through an existentialist lens and a key text to the Second Wave feminist movement of the 1960s and 70s. Even among her critics, Beauvoir is widely considered the most significant influence on feminist theory and politics during the course of the twentieth century.
You may have read her work, but how much do you really know about Simone de Beauvoir? Test your knowledge with our quiz below.
Quiz image: Jean Paul Sartre and Simone De Beauvoir. Photo by Moshe Milner. CC-BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
Featured image: Pont des Arts, Paris. Photo by Benh LIEU SONG. CC-BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.