Sara Protasi University of Puget Sound

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My main philosophical interests are in moral psychology, normative ethics, and philosophy of emotions. I am also developing competencies in ancient philosophy, aesthetics, and feminism. My dissertation is a historically-sensitive and empirically-informed philosophical inquiry into the nature of envy: I investigate its internal structure as an emotion, proposing a novel taxonomy according to which there are four varieties of envy, and use such a taxonomy to account why and when envy is bad and, more crucially, why and when it isn’t. The upshot is that, despite its notoriety, a properly cultivated variety of envy can contribute to human flourishing.
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  1. Elizabeth Barnes, The Minority Body. [REVIEW]Sara Protasi - forthcoming - European Journal of Philosophy.
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    The Perfect Bikini Body: Can We All Really Have It? Loving Gaze as an Anti-Oppressive Beauty Ideal.Sara Protasi - forthcoming - Thought: A Journal of Philosophy.
    In this paper I ask whether there is a defensible philosophical view according to which every body is beautiful. I review two purely aesthetical versions of this claim. The No Standards View claims that every body is maximally and equally beautiful. The Multiple Standards View encourages us to widen our standards of beauty. I argue that both approaches are problematic. The former fails to be aspirational and empowering, while the latter fails to be sufficiently inclusive. I conclude by presenting a (...)
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  3. Loving People for Who They Are (Even When They Don't Love You Back).Sara Protasi - 2016 - European Journal of Philosophy 24 (1):214-234.
    The debate on love's reasons ignores unrequited love, which—I argue—can be as genuine and as valuable as reciprocated love. I start by showing that the relationship view of love cannot account for either the reasons or the value of unrequited love. I then present the simple property view, an alternative to the relationship view that is beset with its own problems. In order to solve these problems, I present a more sophisticated version of the property view that integrates ideas from (...)
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  4. Varieties of Envy.Sara Protasi - 2016 - Philosophical Psychology 29 (4):535-549.
    In this paper I present a novel taxonomy of envy, according to which there are four kinds of envy: emulative, inert, aggressive and spiteful envy. An inquiry into the varieties of envy is valuable not only to understand it as a psychological phenomenon, but also to shed light on the nature of its alleged viciousness. The first section introduces the intuition that there is more than one kind of envy, together with the anecdotal and linguistic evidence that supports it. The (...)
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    Susan Wolf, The Variety of Values: Essays on Morality, Meaning, and Love. [REVIEW]Sara Protasi - 2015 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2015.
  6. The Fictional Character of Pornography.Shen-yi Liao & Sara Protasi - 2013 - In Hans Maes (ed.), Pornographic Art and the Aesthetics of Pornography. Palgrave-Macmillan. pp. 100-118.
    We refine a line of feminist criticism of pornography that focuses on pornographic works' pernicious effects. A.W. Eaton argues that inegalitarian pornography should be criticized because it is responsible for its consumers’ adoption of inegalitarian attitudes toward sex in the same way that other fictions are responsible for changes in their consumers’ attitudes. We argue that her argument can be improved with the recognition that different fictions can have different modes of persuasion. This is true of film and television: a (...)
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