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Simone de Beauvoir (January 9, 1908 – April 14, 1986), born Simone-Lucie-Ernestine-Marie Bertrand de Beauvoir, was a French author, existential philosopher, political activist, feminist, and social theorist. Her most enduring work is The Second Sex (1949).
Born in Paris, de Beauvoir was very religious in her youth. She intended to become a nun until a crisis of faith at age fourteen resulted in her becoming an atheist. This remained central to her philosophy for the rest of her life.
After receiving a dual Bachelor’s degree in mathematics and philosophy in 1925 from the Institut Catholique, she continued her studies at the Sorbonne. There, de Beauvoir studied philosophy, as well as passing exams for certificates in Greek, logic, ethics, sociology, and psychology. Read More→