Oct 25

The Two Simones (6 Week Course)

Robert Zaretsky

Two of 20th century France’s most important and influential intellectuals were both women. In fact, they both shared the same first name: Simone de Beauvoir and Simone Weil.

With her life-long partner Jean-Paul Sartre, Beauvoir was a leading light of the postwar existentialist movement in France. Author of several award-winning novels and memoirs, she also transformed the world of gender and sexual relations—transformed, in fact, the way in which each of us relates to others and the world—with her landmark work The Second Sex.

The life and work of the other Simone has had an equally seismic and subversive impact on political, moral and even theological thought. Though Simone Weil lived a much shorter life and left a much smaller body of writings than Beauvoir, it is only over the past few decades that both scholars and non-scholars (the very group that Weil had in mind when she wrote) are taking the measure of her enormous achievement. 

We will read compact, clear and compelling excerpts from the writings of both these remarkable individuals. During our conversations, we will set their ideas against the backdrop of French history and consider what light they might cast on our own lives and times.

This class will be held onsite at WIH.

Six Week Schedule:
Monday, October 25 | 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Monday, November 01 | 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Monday, November 08 | 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Monday, November 15 | 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Monday, November 22 | 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Monday, November 29 | 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM



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Price is per student. Class tuition is non-refundable.