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Friday, June 10, 2005

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Along with Heidegger's Nazism, Sartre and de Beauvoir's disastrous relationship, is one of the easiest facts that a non-philiosopher can use on their philosophy. But was it that much of a disaster? The archetypal image of it for me, given to me in 2000, was of de Beauvoir asking whatever teenage girl Sartre had bedded the night before whaty her home number was and calling up the parents and smoothing things over with them to avoid a fuss. I always imagineit as "The bad news is your 17-year-old daughter just got taken advantage of by an ugly 60-year-old man. The good news is: he's Jean Paul Sartre. How do I know? I'm his wife!"