Philosophical Perspectives on Sex and Love

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  • Copyright: 1995-02-23
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Despite the centrality of sexuality and love to human life, western history's great philosophers have not produced anything like a detailed and systematic approach to these matters. From Plato's emphasis upon the importance of eros, to the insistence by today's feminists on gender equality,philosophy's interpretation of eroticism and love has been as diverse and explosive as the subject itself. It is this imposing variety of approach and interpretation that makes a lucid, comprehensive anthology on the subject essential. Reflecting the trend over the last twenty years to examine more thoroughly the nature of love and sexuality within a philosophical context, this eclectic anthology presents numerous perspectives on sexual roles and norms, eroticism, pornography, feminism, prostitution, perversion, friendship, andfamilial love. Philosophical Perspectives on Sex and Love is the most up-to-date appraisal of these central human experiences, featuring the work of thinkers from antiquity to the modern era. On the subject of erotic love, the text offers insight from Plato's Symposium, as well as the works ofJean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Robert Nozick, and Robert C. Solomon. There are also reflections on sexual perversion from Thomas Nagel, Jerome Neu, and Michael Ruse. The views of Aristotle and contemporary authors on the morality of friendship and family are presented in a section whollydevoted to those issues, while David Hume and Immanuel Kant investigate the ethics of sexuality in selections from their writings. Care has been taken to present different positions on the most controversial issues, and most selections are offered in their entirety. Invaluable for courses in socialphilosophy, sexuality, social ethics, and feminism, no other volume can give students a more comprehensive discussion of love's countless dimensions.

Table of Contents

Sex Roles, Equality, and Social Policy
From The Subjection of Women
""On the Future of Love: Rousseau and the Radical Feminists""
""On Sexual Equality""
""Feminist Ethics and Feminist Politics: Treating Women as Sex Objects""
""What is Feminism?""
""A First Look at the Pornography/Civil Rights Ordinance: Could Pornography be the Subordination of Women?""
""A Second Look at Pornography and the Subordination of Women""
""Should Feminists Oppose Prostitution?""
""Moral Criticism and the Social Meaning of Prostitution""
Sexual Norms and Ethics
""Freud and Perversion""
""Sexual Perversion""
""Is Homosexuality Bad Sexuality?""
""Sadomasochism: An Ethical Analysis""
""Of Chastity and Modesty""
""Duties Towards the Body in Respect of Sexual Impulse
_Crimina Carnis_""
""In Defense of Promiscuity""
""Is Adultery Immoral?""
""On the Nature of Rape""
Erotic Love
From Symposium, Plato
From ""The Metaphysics of the Love of the Sexes""
""Don Juan's Secret""
""First Attitude Toward Others: Love, Language, Masochism""
From ""The Woman in Love""
""Appraisal and Bestowal""
""Reconciling Eros and Agape""
""Love's Bond""
""The Virtue of (Erotic) Love""
Friendship and Familial Love
From Nicomachean Ethics, Books VIII and IX, Aristotle
""The Circumstances of Justice: Pluralism, Community, and Friendship""
""Paternalism and Friendship""
""Why Lovers Can't Be Friends""
""The Duties of Grown Children""
""What Do Grown Children Owe Their Parents?""
""Parents, Children, and Friends""
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