The Ethics of Ambiguity

The Ethics of Ambiguity (French title: Pour une morale de l’ambiguïté) is Simone de Beauvoir’s second major non-fiction work. It was prompted by a lecture she gave in 1945, after which that it was impossible to base an ethical system on her partner Jean-Paul Sartre’s major philosophical work Being and Nothingness (French title: L’Être et le néant). The following year, over a six-month period, she took on the challenge, publishing the resulting text first as installments in Les Temps modernes and then, in November 1947, as a book.

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