Hosted by a current philosopher, the Philosophy Salon will explore important philosophers and their ideas. Participants will be presented with a biographical background of the philosopher and will be given an opportunity to discuss their key ideas. This month School of Life will explore the philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir was a French writer, intellectual, existentialist philosopher, political activist, feminist and social theorist. She wrote novels, essays, biographies, autobiography and monographs on philosophy, politics and social issues. Born in Paris in 1908, she is known for her 1949 treatise The Second Sex, a detailed analysis of women's oppression and a foundational tract of contemporary feminism.