Submission Date


Document Type

Paper- Restricted to Campus Access



Faculty Mentor

Abigail Kluchin


Presented during the 19th Annual Summer Fellows Symposium, July 21, 2017 at Ursinus College.

Project Description

The present paper investigates the concept of immanence in Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex, through a modern lens, specifically in her critique of the housewife and mother. Also utilizing Sartre’s concepts of bad faith and being in-itself, I argue that Beauvoir’s definition of immanence and transcendence are applicable in a 21st century feminist discourse. I define immanence and how it applies to a series of lived experiences that Beauvoir outlines in order to demonstrate how these stereotypical women’s roles are believed to be inherently immanent. I conclude by engaging with secondary literature on the Second Sex, arguing that her critique may be too harsh, and that while the categories Beauvoir describes have progressed significantly, her terminology has not.


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