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Celine Leboeuf
Florida International University
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    Anger as a Political Emotion: A Phenomenological Perspective.Celine Leboeuf - 2017 - In Myisha Cherry & Owen Flanagan (eds.), The Moral Psychology of Anger. pp. 15-30.
    My essay discusses the politics of anger from a phenomenological perspective. Philosophers such as Martha Nussbaum have examined the importance of emotions for achieving social justice. In Anger and Forgiveness, Nussbaum criticizes most forms of anger for including the desire to retaliate, but identifies a species of anger, “Transition-Anger,” which can motivate us to respond to wrongdoing. In a similar vein, I claim that anger can help the oppressed respond to their oppression. To defend this claim, I consider cases in (...)
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  2. "One is Not Born, but Rather Becomes, a Woman": The Sex-Gender Distinction and Simone de Beauvoir’s Account of Woman.Celine Leboeuf - 2015 - In Kathy Smits & Susan Bruce (eds.), Feminist Moments. pp. 138-145.
    "One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman. No biological, psychological, or economic destiny defines the figure that the human female acquires in society; it is civilization as a whole that develops this product, intermediate between female and eunuch, which one calls feminine. Only the mediation of another can establish an individual as an Other. In so far as he exists for himself, the child would not be able to understand himself as sexually differentiated. In girls as in boys (...)
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    What Is Body Positivity?Celine Leboeuf - 2019 - Philosophical Topics 47 (2):113-127.
    “Body positivity” refers to the movement to accept our bodies, regardless of size, shape, skin tone, gender, and physical abilities. The movement is often implicitly understood as the effort to celebrate diversity in bodily aesthetics and to expand our narrow beauty standards beyond their present-day confines. Like other feminists, I question whether the push to broaden beauty norms should occupy as central a role as it does now in the movement’s mainstream incarnations, and I believe that, beyond challenging confining beauty (...)
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    Anatomy of the Thigh Gap.Céline Leboeuf - 2019 - Feminist Philosophy Quarterly 5 (1).
    This article explores the ongoing obsession with the thigh gap ideal in certain pockets of Western societies. A thigh gap is the space some women have between their inner thighs when they stand with their feet together. The thigh gap ideal is flaunted on “thinspo” websites, which compile diet and exercise tips and display pictures of fashion models and “real women” in their efforts to inspire women to become thinner. I aim to identify what is wrong with the thigh gap (...)
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    Simone de Beauvoir's Feminist Art of Living.Céline Leboeuf - 2019 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 33 (3):448-460.
    This essay aims to motivate a different way of reading Simone de Beauvoir's feminist philosophy than that which has become dominant in Beauvoir scholarship. I wish to argue that we can read Beauvoir as articulating what I will call a "feminist art of living." To substantiate this thesis, I highlight a crucial feature of her art of living—one that is connected to her reflections on the body—namely, what I refer to as Beauvoir's "sensualism." By "sensualism," I have in mind a (...)
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    “The Audacity of Hope”: Reclaiming Obama's Optimism in the Trump Era.Céline Leboeuf - 2019 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 33 (2):256.
    At the 2004 Democratic National Convention, then-senator Barack Obama used the expression "the audacity of hope" to articulate a vision of U.S. politics that put faith in the possibility of political progress against the odds. He had appropriated this expression from the Reverend Jeremiah Wright's 1988 sermon "The Audacity to Hope."1 Obama would go on to use "the audacity of hope" as the title of his 2006 book describing his political career and outlining his political platform. This article investigates the (...)
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