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The Blood of Others

Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Simone de Beauvoir

In: Simone de Beauvoir Studies
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Emmanuel de Saint Aubert CNRS/École Normale Supérieure, Archives Husserl de Paris

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Jennifer McWeeny CNRS/École Normale Supérieure, Archives Husserl de Paris

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Abstract

The author argues, with reference to a number of Merleau-Ponty’s unpublished manuscripts, that the philosopher’s notion of encroachment (empiétement) has origins in Simone de Beauvoir’s 1945 novel The Blood of Others. He examines how the two philosophers approach the encroachment of freedoms, the political stance of pacifism, and the interpretation of Voltaire’s Candide (Part I). The impact of Élisabeth Lacoin’s death on Beauvoir’s and Merleau-Ponty’s philosophies, as well as their relationships with Jean-Paul Sartre is also considered (Part II).

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