Simone de Beauvoir was an existentialist philosopher who laid the foundation for the modern feminist movement. We sat down to talk to author Kate Kirkpatrick about everything Beauvoir, from her childhood, to her personal relationships, to her commitment to social justice movements such as the decolonization of Algeria. This episode is for anyone interested in discussing Beauvoir’s social ideals and discovering how they remain relevant today.
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Kate Kirkpatrick is Lecturer in Religion, Philosophy, and Culture at King’s College London. An expert on Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, she has written several books on them both including the ground-breaking biography Becoming Beauvoir.