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Philosophers’ Book Club: Deborah Levy (Forum for Philosophy)

20 May 2019, 6:30 pm8:00 pm

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
Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Oxford

Kathryn Hughes
Professor of Life Writing, University of East Anglia

Deborah Levy
Poet, playwright, and author
Fellow, Columbia Institute of Ideas and Imagination

Shahidha Bari
Fellow, Forum for Philosophy
Senior Lecturer in Romanticism, Queen Mary University of London


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London School of Economics, Houghton Street
London, WC2A 2AE United Kingdom
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