#1 Simone de Beauvoir is Everywhere
The many references to the French existentialist and feminist begin in the pilot, where a copy of “The Second Sex” can be seen on the floor of Stars Hallow High after Rory cleans out her locker.
In another episode, Rory can be found reading “Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter.”
#2. That Time Spinoza’s Ethics was Assigned in Class
At Yale, Professor Bell can be seen discussing Baruch Spinoza’s “Ethics.” In another episode, Bell, who is described as one of the foremost philosophers in the country, discusses the work of Joseph Campbell concerning Freud.
#3 Rory is Pretty Much a Nietzsche Genius.
Rory’s grandfather singing praise for her to his wife.
In another episode, Rory is reading “Basic Writings of Nietzsche,” according to Gilmore Girls library, but I’m not fully convinced. While the overall layout fits the book, the facial hair looks off.
#4 The Derrida and Chomsky Posters in Their Dorm
Rory and Paris’ dorm at Yale has an ever-presented Noam Chomsky poster, though a wall not often shown in the show harbors a Jacques Derrida poster.
Rory encourages Jess to read “The Fountainhead.” Jess can’t get through it, forever proving he’s better than Dean.
Rory needs to read Judith Butler’s “Gender Trouble,” which Paris has hidden in the travel section.