The Arrogant Eye and the French Prohibitions of the Veil

Autores

  • Daniel Alejandro Restrepo St. John's University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.5007/1677-2954.2019v18n2p159

Palavras-chave:

French Secularity, Feminism, Muslim Veil

Resumo

Evânia Reich presents the argument that the veil laws in France—the banning of the full-face coverings in public and the banning of the headscarf in public schools—are consistent with the emancipatory project of French Laïcité. According to this argument, the veils that Muslim women wear are symbols of their oppression, whereas French education seeks to liberate each individual and Laïcité serves as a bulwark against the creeping oppressive influence of religion. Unveiling Muslim women, then, is an act of emancipation. In this essay, I argue that the view of French secularism as an emancipatory project to free women of the oppressive mechanism of the veil is an example of what Marilyn Frye calls the “arrogant eye.” In this essay, I offer an alternative approach on the veil following Frye’s notion of the “loving eye.”

 

Biografia do Autor

Daniel Alejandro Restrepo, St. John's University

I’m an assistant professor in philosophy at St. John’s University. I received my BA from Florida Atlantic University (2004), and my MA (2006) and PhD (2012) from the New School for Social Research. My area of specialty is in moral and political philosophy. My research focuses on nationalism, security and state violence, particularly with respect to counter-terrorism. My work draws from various traditions including feminist theory, philosophy of race, and post-colonial studies. 

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2019-12-31

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