Discover Classes. Earn Rewards.

Simone de Beauvoir: Existentialism, Phenomenology, Feminism is unfortunately unavailable

Thankfully we have 1 other Philosophy Class for you to choose from. Check our top choice below or see all classes for more options.

Dreams and Dreaming: Philosophy, Psychology, and the Unconscious

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Explore the realm of dreams through the lenses of philosophy, psychology, and the unconscious in this interdisciplinary course. Discover how dreams have inspired artists, writers, and theorists, shedding light on the nature of reality and our connection to others. Delve into the works of Freud, Benjamin, Coleridge, and more as you unravel the profound connections between dreams and waking life.


4 sessions

Gift it!
See all Philosophy classes Online

Simone de Beauvoir: Existentialism, Phenomenology, Feminism

  • Level All levels
  • Age 21 and older
  • Price $335
  • Location Online Classroom

Start Dates (0)

  • $335
  • Online Classroom
Save to WishList Purchase a Gift Card

Class Description


What you'll learn in this philosophy class:

Simone de Beauvoir—activist, author, social critic, philosopher—is considered one of the pioneering figures of existentialist and feminist philosophy. Although her work spans multiple genres and address numerous modern social questions and classic philosophical dilemmas, it was the 1953 publication of The Second Sex that brought the “woman question” into plain and clear light and marked her entry into not only French, but also Western intellectual life more broadly. 

How, why and through what is something “masculine” or “feminine”? How is “woman”—technically over half the human population—somehow the primary Other of social life and discourse? Excluded from the formal philosophical canon during her own lifetime, Beauvoir’s contributions to contemporary thought are now widely recognized. She surpassed many of her contemporaries—including life-partner Jean Paul Sartre—in interrogating key dilemmas regarding freedom, self, embodiment, existence, and, above all, gender.

Is gender fundamental to human understanding and existence? How can we best understand the constraints on our freedom and the ways in which we are defined—both by ourselves and by society?

In this course, we will address these questions by taking a deep dive into the philosophic literature of Beauvoir (including large sections of The Second Sex), her theories, and their residual impacts on questions of freedom, identity, and gender. 

We will investigate her contributions to existentialism as a complex relation to freedom, her turn to phenomenology to investigate the embodiment of difference, and her own tenuous relationship to feminism. Students will explore Beauvoir’s staggering philosophical output while thinking through contemporary struggles and debates over humanity and violence in the modern world.

Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.

Refund Policy

  • Upon request, we will refund less 5% cancellation fee of a course up until 6 business days before its start date.
  • Students who withdraw after that point but before the first class are entitled to 75% refund or full course credit.
  • After the first class: 50% refund or 75% course credit.
  • No refunds or credits will be given after the second class.

In any event where a customer wants to cancel their enrollment and is eligible for a full refund, a 5% processing fee will be deducted from the refund amount.

Reviews of Classes at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research (29)

Similar Classes

Benefits of Booking Through CourseHorse

  • Booking is safe. When you book with us your details are protected by a secure connection.
  • Lowest price guaranteed. Classes on CourseHorse are never marked up.
  • This class will earn you 3350 points. Points give you money off your next class!

Questions & Answers (0)

Get quick answers from CourseHorse and past students.

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research was established in 2011 in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. Its mission is to extend liberal arts education and research far beyond the borders of the traditional university, supporting community education needs and opening up new possibilities for scholarship in the...

Read more about Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

CourseHorse Approved

This school has been carefully vetted by CourseHorse and is a verified Online educator.

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

Give This Course as a Gift Card

  • Thousands of classes
  • No expiration
  • Unique and memorable gifts for any occasion
  • Personalized
  • Explore a passion, gain a new skill, discover a new hobby, engage in a memorable experience
  • Instant delivery

Buy a Gift Card

Book this Class as a Group Event

Booking this class for a group? Find great private group events

CourseHorse Gift Cards

  • Creative & unique gift for any occasion
  • Choose from thousands of classes & experiences
  • No expiration date
  • Instant e-delivery (or choose a date)
  • Add a personalized message
Buy a Gift Card
gift card with the CourseHorse logo gift card with the CourseHorse logo