Interdisciplinarity in The Second Sex: Between Phenomenology and Psychoanalysis
Ruonakoski, E. (2015). Interdisciplinarity in The Second Sex : Between Phenomenology and Psychoanalysis. In T. Petterson, & A. Bjørsnøs (Eds.), Simone de Beauvoir - A Humanist Thinker (pp. 41-56). Value Inquiry Book Series, 279. Leiden: Brill.
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This chapter analyzes Simone de Beauvoir’s way of combining different theoretical frameworks, in particular, those of phenomenology and psychoanalysis. To elucidate the nature of Beauvoirian interdisciplinarity, I will examine Beauvoir’s discussion of penis envy and her application of Helene Deutsch’s views. I will argue that the combination of psychoanalysis and phenomenology in The Second Sex brings about an inner tension, of which those interested in applying Beauvoir’s interdisciplinary approach should be aware.