[SydPhil] Reminder: Marguerite La Caze, Queensland @ Wed 28 May 2014 15:30 - 17:30 (Seminars)

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Title: Marguerite La Caze, Queensland
Vengefulness and punishment in Simone de Beauvoir's 'An Eye for an Eye'.

Written just after the liberation of France and during the trials of  
collaborators, Beauvoir's little-discussed essay 'An Eye for an Eye' (1946)  
describes the worst of crimes as those that reduce the human being to a  
thing. She suggests that we can only truly understand reactions of outrage  
to these crimes, such as vengefulness, in these extreme situations when we  
feel them in their 'true concreteness'. Beauvoir sets out to understand why  
what she sees as the need for revenge and a restored reciprocity in the  
light of these crimes usually cannot be satisfied. According to her, both  
private revenge and state punishment generally fail to bring about the  
perpetrator's recognition of what they have done, their own ambiguous  
existence, or an acknowledgement of the perspective of the victim. I argue  
that the essay works to undermine Beauvoir's defence of her refusal to sign  
the petition for clemency for Robert Brasillach, an anti-Semitic writer  
tried, convicted and executed for treason.  Her apparent support for  
capital punishment in that case is in tension with the account of  
vengefulness and punishment in the essay and with her developed existential  

When: Wed 28 May 2014 15:30 - 17:30 Eastern Time - Melbourne, Sydney
Where: Muniment Room, Quadrangle
Calendar: Seminars
     * Dalia Nassar- creator

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