The Accidental Philosopher

Hi! I’m Céline Leboeuf. I’m a professor in the Department of Philosophy at Florida International University. When I’m not writing and lecturing about feminism, death, or existentialism, you can find me fulfilling my duties as a dog mom to my little terrier, Carol. (She’s named after the…

The Three Authors Who Saved Me During an Existential Crisis

Skull and Hourglass by Christian Albrecht Jensen
Skull and Hourglass by Christian Albrecht Jensen

“Stench and worms.”

To use Leo Tolstoy’s words in A Confession, that’s what will become of us all after death. We toil through life. Our actions will inevitably come to an end. And all memory of us will eventually disappear. So, what’s the point of going on in the first…

Last year, I struck up a conversation with a man sitting next to me at the bar of a TGIF at Miami International Airport. I never learned his name, nor did he learn mine. Still, we enjoyed nearly an hour-long conversation: we discussed his son’s hesitance to pursue a degree…

What the Existentialist Author Can Teach Us About Body Positivity

Most photographs of Simone de Beauvoir show her seated, typically in a café, often writing or enjoying a cigarette.

Simone de Beauvoir (1908–1986)

What’s less well known is that the twentieth-century philosopher and novelist, best known for her groundbreaking feminist book The Second Sex, was also an avid hiker.

Her walking habits, like those…

Why Marcus Aurelius Might Tell You to do a Digital Detox

Take a view from above — look at the thousands of flocks and herds, the thousands of human ceremonies, every sort of voyage in storm or calm, the range of creation, combination, and extinction. Consider too the lives once…

Celine Leboeuf, Ph.D.

I’m a professor at Florida International University. I love applying philosophy to everyday life—and inspiring others to do the same!

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