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  • Published: 16 August 2022
  • ISBN: 9781529106473
  • Imprint: Ebury Press
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $32.99

How to Be You

Simone de Beauvoir and the art of authentic living




An inspiring guide to authentic living according to the philosophy of the groundbreaking philosopher Simone de Beauvoir, by leading US philosophy professor Skye Cleary

'Change your life today. Don't gamble on the future, act now, without delay.'

So said Simone de Beauvoir, the world's most famous female philosopher. In this galvanising tour of her rebellious philosophies for life by a leading Columbia professor,we learn how de Beauvoir can teach us to free ourselves of fears and stereotypes and live more authentically. After all, who hasn't woken up and thought 'I don't feel like myself today'? This book will show us the strategies for becoming our truest selves.

At home, at work, in love, families and friendship, Skye Cleary shows us how de Beauvoir's philosophy can help us become more attuned to living purposefully, thoughtfully, and with a little more rebellious spirit. An authentic life is the goal but, warning: happiness may be a side effect.

  • Published: 16 August 2022
  • ISBN: 9781529106473
  • Imprint: Ebury Press
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $32.99

About the author

Skye Cleary

Dr Skye Cleary is a philosopher and the author who teaches and Columbia and Barnard on the philosophy of love and sex as well as the philosophy of leadership and management. She is author of Existentialism and Romantic Love (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and co-editor, with Massimo Pigliucci and Daniel Kaufman, of How to Live a Good Life (forthcoming, Vintage, 2020). She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Blog of theAmerican Philosophical Association and a certified fellow with the American Philosophical Practitioners’ Association. Cleary authored the script for the TED-Ed animation ‘Why We Love: A Philosophical Inquiry.’ It has had over 2.5 million views. She is also the winner of the New Philosopher Magazine Writers’ Award.

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