I investigated the concept of immanence in Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex, through a modern lens, specifically in her critique of the housewife and mother. Also utilizing Jean Paul Sartre’s concepts of bad faith and being in-itself, I argued that Beauvoir’s definition of immanence and transcendence are applicable in a 21st century feminist discourse. I defined immanence and how it applies to a series of lived experiences that Beauvoir outlines in order to demonstrate how these stereotypical women’s roles are believed to be inherently immanent. I concluded my paper by engaging with secondary literature on the Second Sex, arguing that her critique may be too harsh, and that while the categories Beauvoir describes have progressed significantly, her terminology has not.
What Was Valuable About the Experience
I enjoyed the opportunity to do a close reading of philosophical texts and working under my advisor Abby Kluchin who helped me develop my writing and analytical abilities.
The Coolest Part of the Experience
I loved getting to hear about other’s research project and having the opportunity to present my work.
Who I Met that Made a Difference
The other advisee that worked with my advisor and I collaborated on our projects and through group meetings we were able to help develop each other’s thoughts and writing.