The Ethics of Ambiguity


I am not sure what I anticipated from The Ethics of Ambiguity by Simone DeBeauvoir.  It was a good book, but I expected it to be better.

Here are a few thoughts from the book:

  • Existentialism defined itself as a philosophy of ambiguity.
  • Existentialism is a philosophy of the absurd and of despair.  It encloses man in a sterile anguish in an empty subjectivity.  It is incapable of furnishing him with any principle of making choices.
  • In a metaphysics of transcendence, evil is reduced to error.  Existentialism gives a real role to evil.

7 thoughts on “The Ethics of Ambiguity

  1. You can try out Kierkegaard and Buber for more positive (and religious) forms of existentialism. I prefer them both to this sort of despair! (Buber is my favorite, though, since he puts such an emphasis on relating, in a real way, to other human beings.)

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