Reading the Lives of Others: Biography as Political Thought in Hannah Arendt and Simone de Beauvoir

  title={Reading the Lives of Others: Biography as Political Thought in Hannah Arendt and Simone de Beauvoir},
  author={Ver{\'o}nica Zebad{\'u}a Y{\'a}{\~n}ez},
  pages={94 - 110}
In this essay, I focus on two biographical works by Hannah Arendt and Simone de Beauvoir that I read as political texts: Rahel Varnhagen: The Life of a Jewess (Arendt 1957) and “Must We Burn Sade?” (Beauvoir 2012). Reading Arendt's Varnhagen and Beauvoir's “Sade” side by side illuminates their shared preoccupation with lived experience and their common political premises: the antagonism between freedom and sovereignty, and the centrality of action and constructive relations with others. My… 


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