by Josh Jones, Open Culture: http://www.openculture.com/2013/06/philosophys_power_couple_jean-paul_sartre_and_simone_de_beauvoir_featured_in_1967_tv_interview_.html
Josh Jones is a writer and musician based in Washington, DC. Follow him at @jdmagness
Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir were twentieth-century
philosophy’s power couple, in a time and place when public intellectuals
were true celebrities.
In the mid-sixties, they were not only
fascinating writers in their own right, but also activists engaged in
international struggle against what they defined as the globally
injurious forces of capitalist imperialism and patriarchal oppression.
In 1967, Sartre, along with Bertrand Russell and a handful of other
influential thinkers, convened what became known as the “Russell Tribunal,”
a private body investigating war crimes in Vietnam.
meanwhile had published a suite of memoirs and prize-winning novels, and
her groundbreaking feminist study The Second Sex had been in publication a full twenty years.