The Ethics of Ambiguity. Simone de Beauvoir.
The Ethics of Ambiguity
The Ethics of Ambiguity
The Ethics of Ambiguity
The Ethics of Ambiguity
The Ethics of Ambiguity

The Ethics of Ambiguity

New York, NY: The Philosophical Library, Inc., 1948. First American Edition. Hardcover. "Madame de Beauvoir, novelist, dramatist, and philosopher, is the most distinguished woman writer in present-day France. A leading exponent of French existentialism, her work complements, though it is independent of, that of Jean-Paul Sartre. The present work, which introduces her to the English-speaking public, penetrates at once to the central ethical problem of modern man: what shall he do, how shall he go about making values, in the face of his awareness of the absurdity of his existence? For, when confronted with the absurd, man tends to resort to despair or to yield blindly and hysterically to a perilous secular mysticism. Madame de Beauvoir's extraordinary achievement is to force the reader to face the absurdity of the human condition and then, having done so, to proceed to develop a dialectic of ambiguity which will enable him, not to master the chaos, but to create with it." (from front flap) A major work of Existentialist philosophy by Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986), the pathbreaking feminist writer who was the life-long companion & colleague of Jean-Paul Sartre, the founding thinker of Existentialism. Hardcover in unclipped dust jacket, first American edition, preceded the previous year (1947) by a French edition & translated into English by Bernard Frechtman. A now-classic work of human individual & societal philosophy, in a very rare & collectible version. Book in fine condition with moderate sunning & browning to front, back covers & spine esp. at margins, edges & corners of same; very slight rubbing & a few tiny bumps, creases at upper & lower edges & corners; moderate rubbing, browning & spotting to upper edge of text block; much less to side & lower edges of same. Interior fine with somewhat significant but limited areas of browning to blank paste-downs & endpapers; creasing at very thin side-edge of penultimate (index) page leaf; otherwise virtually mint. Unrestored dust jacket relatively fine with mild rubbing & sparse spotting to front, back covers, spine & flaps; mild wear & some tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same with very slight loss of surface paper esp. at spine-edges & corners; small rectangular area with very light staining (possible sticker-removal residue) at upper margin of front flap next to original price ($3.00). We note that we have seen images of the front dust jacket cover with accents of purple in the graphic illustrations, not present here due to fading or possibly a variation of this first state jacket. Fine / Fine. [Item #4508]

Price: $200.00

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