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Title: A critical comparison between the works of Simone de Beauvoir and Judith Butler
Authors: Galea, Emily (2020)
Keywords: Beauvoir, Simone de, 1908-1986. Deuxième sexe -- Criticism and interpretation
Butler, Judith, 1956- -- Criticism and interpretation
Feminist theory
Performative (Philosophy)
Issue Date: 2020
Citation: Galea, E. (2020). A critical comparison between the works of Simone de Beauvoir and Judith Butler (Bachelor's dissertation).
Abstract: The aim of this dissertation is to interpret and analyse Judith Butler’s reading of Simone de Beauvoir’s work, The Second Sex . Butler, throughout her works, makes frequent reference to the ideas of Simone de Beauvoir. Aside from Butler’s widely renowned work Gender Trouble, mentions of de Beauvoir can also be observed within her essays Performative Acts and Gender Constitution: An Essay in Phenomenology and Feminist Theory and Sex and Gender in Simone de Beauvoir’s Second Sex . This paper ultimately aims to manifest how Butler was mistaken in making the following specific assumptions: 1) The Second Sex is a gender theory/sociohistorical account, 2) de Beauvoir offers a voluntaristic account, 3) de Beauvoir’s work is an extension of Sartre’s. This will be done by giving a brief overview of Simone de Beauvoir’s Second Sex , with particular focus on the points criticised or misinterpreted by Butler, then going on to highlight Butler’s criticism of de Beauvoir within the context of Butler’s theory of performativity. Finally, the paper will seek to place de Beauvoir’s and Butler’s works side by side, in order to conduct an analysis on the inaccuracy of Butler’s interpretation.
Description: B.A.(HONS)PHIL.
URI: https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/70623
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