Kate Kirkpatrick
Lecturer, University of Oxford

Kate Kirkpatrick is Tutorial Fellow in Philosophy and Christian Ethics at Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an associate fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and treasurer of the UK Sartre Society. She is the author of, most recently, the biography Becoming Beauvoir (2019).

Written by Kate Kirkpatrick

Couple in the kitchen, USA, 1952. From the series ‘Love Story’. Photo by Dennis Stock/Magnum

Essay/
Love and friendship
Love is a joint project

For Simone de Beauvoir, authentic love is an ethical undertaking: it can be spoilt by devotion as much as by selfishness

Kate Kirkpatrick