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The Philosophers' Book Club: Levy, The Cost of Living

Hosted by Forum for Philosophy

Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE


Dr Edward Harcourt

Dr Edward Harcourt

Professor Kathryn Hughes

Professor Kathryn Hughes

Deborah Levy

Deborah Levy


Dr Shahidha Bari

Dr Shahidha Bari

At the Philosophers’ Book Club, we select a work of fiction or non-fiction and our panel discusses its philosophical themes. For this inaugural gathering, we’ll be reading Deborah Levy’s new memoir, The Cost of Living. ‘Levy explicitly recuperates De Beauvoir’s position, not only by engaging closely with The Second Sex, but by going deeply into the philosopher’s personal struggles to reconcile sexual love with intellectual liberty’, says Kathryn Hughes. We encourage you to read the book in advance, but it is by no means necessary. Either way, join us for lively discussion and thoughtful company.

Edward Harcourt is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oxford.

Kathryn Hughes is Professor of Life Writing at the University of East Anglia.

Deborah Levy is an author, poet and playwright, as well as a Fellow of the Columbia Institute of Ideas and Imagination.

Shahidha Bari is a Fellow of the Forum for Philosophy and Senior Lecturer in Romanticism at Queen Mary University of London.

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