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The Mandarins by Simone de Beauvoir
Simone de Beauvoir, The Mandarins.
Concentrate on the historical aspect.
This is a roman à clef, so most of the main characters are very closely based on readily identifiable figures —in this case two of the leading French post-war intellectuals, Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre (indeed, someone very like de Beauvoir herself can be found in the novel.) Two themes are central to the novel. One is the role of Communism in France of the late 1940’s; the other is the (related) problem of the legacy of Vichy and collaboration. What points was de Beauvoir making by writing the book; what point does it have for historians? Justify your answers by using examples and quotes from the novel.
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I'm assuming no such thing. And as a (largely) self-taught thinker myself I sympathize with your plaint. But what the academy does do is assure a comprehensive review of available material. There was a time when college was affordable, and it could be again. The professors do not set tuition rates, and most of them earn a lot less than was once usual. Most instruction in higher education is now conducted by "adjuncts", or teachers without a contract or any of the usual prerogatives so lavishly loathed by you and others. But you and those others forget that the these "luxuries" were at their height at a time when college was readily affordable.
The suggestion of a Sanders/Trump or Trump/Sanders ticket makes me doubt you sanity, and hopelessly confuses your political message. But it gives me the opportunity to put in my two cents about the great mystery of Trump "success" (with less than a third of voting Republicans, or, less than seven percent of eligible Americans). The use of brazen racial innuendo convinces white males that their feudal overlords are really on their side. But the notion that T. Rump (THE Rump, more joker than wild-card) is going to DC to shout "You're Fired!" at everyone is just fatuous. He offers mania, but would, if he could be elected, provide only depression. As for Clinton, I am leery of a nominee that only wins in states that the Democrats will not win in November. But a Clinton/Warren ticket, with a placated Sanders, could be the answer here. But no president can substitute for a lack of public representation in Congress. Electoral reform is the real answer.
As for Beauvoir (the nominal subject of this thread) it is not unusual for the avant-garde to be seen as anachronism by the time it becomes a publicly familiar theme. That's not her fault. I have not focused a lot on her work because there is little in it of philosophical interest that Sartre did not originate and elaborate more fully. I think it a dereliction on the part of current philosophy to be so dismissive of existentialism, though I also think that the existentialists were bit derelict themselves in presuming much too much in their terms, which fall flat upon closer examination. Contingent can mean exigent (imminence), as well as immanence. And it is not at all clear which they intended or why they do not clarify this. The point is, existence is the proven term that the logical hermeticity of antecedence and conclusion simply does not explain the real. And it is the human, not the divine, nor bloodless number, which supplies the deficit.
Meanwhile, Mr. Videla, I cannot figure out whether you are with the feudal overlords or with the people.