Philosophy Salon: Simone de Beauvoir

Hosted by a current philosopher, the Philosophy Salon will explore important philosophers and their ideas over a two-hour period. Philosophers selected over the series will include a mix of thinkers from different periods, schools of thought, geographical locations and backgrounds. Participants will be presented with a biographical background of the philosopher and will be given an opportunity to discuss their key ideas.


Simone de Beauvoir was a French writer, intellectual, existentialist philosopher, political activist, feminist and social theorist. She wrote novels, essays, biographies, autobiography and monographs on philosophy, politics and social issues. Born in Paris in 1908, she is known for her 1949 treatise The Second Sex, a detailed analysis of women's oppression and a foundational tract of contemporary feminism.

In this Philosophy Salon we will explore some important ideas from the work of de Beauvoir, including discussions on the ambiguity of existence and the human condition; her thesis in The Second Sex in which she explores Woman as Other; and we will be taking a look at some of her literary work, in particular the novel She Came to Stay, a fictional account of Simone and Jean-Paul Sartre's relationship.


18.45    Doors Open
19.00    Welcome & Introduction
19.15     Key Idea 1
19.45    Key Idea 2
20.15    Key Idea 3
21.00    Salon Ends 

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'One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion.'
— Simone de Beauvoir


Tim Dean is a philosopher and science writer. He has a PhD from the University of New South Wales on evolution and morality, and has an interest in ethics, the philosophy of biology, philosophy of science and moral psychology. He is Science and Technology Editor at The Conversation, where he launched the Cogito philosophy blog. In 2015 he won the Australasian Association of Philosophy Media Professionals' Award for his writing on philosophy in New Philosopher, Acuity Magazine, Cosmos, ABC's The Drum and on Channel 10's The Project. He is also the founder of Socrates Cafe Sydney, which currently has over 2,100 members.


Philosophy Salon is an intimate experience for those interested in a deep and slightly more academic School of Life experience. Learn about the ideas and works of some of history's greatest thinkers in an atmosphere of exploration and enjoyment.

This event is an 18+, drinks can be purchased at bar prices.

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