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Beauvoir is an existentialist philosopher. What is the philosophical basis of existentialism that informs her critique (Refer to Sartre)? Discuss how Beauvoir uses this philosophical approach to determine the proper criteria for judging the justness of her society's values, mores, and ethics? (Discuss pp. 34 and 35 of the Introduction for this last question.) Finally, do you think Beauvoir's criterion is an appropriate one by which to assess our society's institutions and practices? If so, why? How does it outperform other possible criteria? If not, why not? What other criterion would provide a better alternative? To respond to this assignment adequately you must have at least 1 direct quote each from Beauvoir and Sartre.
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