A Challenge to Women: Simone de Beauvoir's Philosophy of Transcendence

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We will approach this paper in three sections. Before looking directly at The Second Sex, we will take a step back to look at its philosophical underpinnings, which Beauvoir explores in The Ethics of Ambiguity. We will next turn to The Second Sex to see how Beauvoir applies her philosophy of transcendence to the particular situation of women and challenges them to accept the conditions of their human existence. Finally, we will turn to a collection of short stories by Rosario Castellanos, Álbum de familia, in order to explore the tension between human relationships and creative transcendence in Beauvoir’s philosophy.