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An Eye for an Eye (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Simone de Beauvoir , Lisa Lieberman , Lisa Lieberman
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Where does vengeance end and justice begin? The question is no easier to resolve today than when Simone de Beauvoir wrote this compelling essay in the aftermath of World War II.

The immediate occasion for “An Eye for an Eye” was the execution by firing squad of French collaborator Robert Brasillach, a prominent right-wing author who had edited a fascist newspaper during the Occupation. Beauvoir had been in the courtroom for Brasillach’s trial and admits that she was moved by the man’s dignity on the stand. Nevertheless she and Jean-Paul Sartre refused to sign the petition circulated by leading cultural figures of the day calling for his pardon.

In this essay, originally published in 1946, now translated from the French with an introduction by Lisa Lieberman. she explains why.

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Simone de Beauvoir (1908–1986), studied philosophy at the Sorbonne and taught for a number of years before leaving academic life to write. She became a leading French public intellectual, political activist, feminist theorist, and social theorist, her most influential book being The Second Sex, a classic study of what it means to be a woman. Beauvoir did not consider herself a philosopher, but her significant contributions to existentialism have solidified her legacy in that field. She also wrote novels, essays, biographies, an autobiography in several volumes, and monographs on philosophy, politics, and social issues.

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Lisa Lieberman's writings on French postwar film and literature have appeared in a variety of media. She is the author of Leaving You: The Cultural Meaning of Suicide, which addresses the suicides of notable Holocaust survivors including Primo Levi, Bruno Bettelheim, and Jean Améry. Trained as a modern European cultural and intellectual historian, she studied at the University of Pennsylvania and Yale University and has taught at Dickinson College. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.


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  • File Size: 1751 KB
  • Print Length: 33 pages
  • Publisher: Now and Then Reader (April 26, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007Z3REO0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I've never understood the usefulness of revenge. This essay analyzes and puts into perspective my own confusions, but more importantly what our appropriate response to evil--both as an individual and as a society-- is and should be.

Although the essay refers directly to a specific trial after WWII in France, the reader cannot help but drag history along, weight by added weight, to consider the events of our recent history. Yes, the Hague tries war criminals. The ceremony of civilization gives us the illusion of addressing horrors after the fact. We read and see examples of genocide in every decade since WWII. We argue (really?) whether water boarding is torture. According to de Beauvoir any action by the powerful to demean and lose empathy for another human being is criminal behavior.

In pondering the reasons we might want to 'see justice done' Simone de Beauvoir (in a finely wrought, tight, readable translation by Lieberman) explores the human condition. When should we retaliate? When is there a danger of becoming the evil we are trying to punish? Are people judged in their sum total or their temporary madness? When are they the victims of their own pasts or circumstances? Can real justice happen only when the criminal truly understands what they did or do we humor ourselves when we believe justice has been served?

The essay contains arguments within arguments, and, like any worthy exploration of crime and punishment, the ability to see various points of view while maintaining a strong sense of why the author believes what she does. It is both provocative and clear. It is also a timely essay. Sad to say, if past is prologue, it will always be a timely essay.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Sorry to disagree August 23, 2012
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Other reviewers gave this 5 stars; I gave it 2. It's a difficult read without redeeming merit. I had to force myself to get through it.
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