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Richard Vasquez Section 2 Chapter 3 of Simone De Beauvoir’s The Ethics of Ambiguity is split into 5 sections. The focus of the first three sections seems to be oppression. With this aim she discusses the ruthlessness of tyrants, violence, and the oppressive tactics of some political ideologies. The oppressor is not morally concerned with those whom he/she oppresses. Rather, the oppressor utilizes tactics in order to hold on to power and influence. These tactics include misleading the oppressed to accept oppression, and using violence. But she notes that the oppressed can will their freedom by rebellion. Her overall objective in these three sections, therefore, is to answer the critique she discusses in section 2: “One of the chief objections leveled against existentialism is that the precept “to will oneself free” is only a hollow formula and offers no concrete formula for action.” In section 3, while discussing violence Beauvoir states, “no action can be generated for man without its being immediately generated against men.” When
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