Journal of Romance Studies

Sartre and his other women

Journal of Romance Studies (2006), 6, (1-2), 115–124.

Abstract

Sartre and Beauvoir wanted to create a new kind of relationship between a man and a woman, based on mutual freedom and openness. Sartre did not seek this kind of a relationship with the other women he was enamoured of, and his relations with Beauvoir were grounded in their common aim of writing, in which both were equal partners. With other women he adopted a ‘provisional morality’ which varied according to the different situations of the women in question. The moral judgements that could be made about the nature of the relationships, about which much is still not known, should not override a better knowledge both of Sartre’s work or of the facts of the individual situations.

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