Philosophical Perspectives on Sex and Love

Paperback | February 1, 1995

byRobert M. Stewart

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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 wholly devoted 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 differentpositions on the most controversial issues, and most selections are offered in their entirety. Invaluable for courses in social philosophy, sexuality, social ethics, and feminism, no other volume can give students a more comprehensive discussion of love's countless dimensions.

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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 l...

Robert M. Stewart is Associate Professor of Philosophy at California State University, Chico.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 6.46 × 9.17 × 0.67 inPublished:February 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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IntroductionI. Sex Roles, Equality, and Social PolicyJohn Stuart Mill: From The Subjection of WomenElizabeth Rapaport: "On the Future of Love: Rousseau and the Radical Feminists"Alison Jaggar: "On Sexual Equality"Linda LeMoncheck: "Feminist Ethics and Feminist Politics: Treating Women as Sex Objects"Michael Levin: "What is Feminism?"Melinda Vadas: "A First Look at the Pornography/Civil Rights Ordinance: Could Pornography be the Subordination of Women?"William Parent: "A Second Look at Pornography and the Subordination of Women"Laurie Shrage: "Should Feminists Oppose Prostitution?"Robert Stewart: "Moral Criticism and the Social Meaning of Prostitution"II. Sexual Norms and EthicsJerome Neu: "Freud and Perversion"Thomas Nagel: "Sexual Perversion"Michael Ruse: "Is Homosexuality Bad Sexuality?"J. Roger Lee: "Sadomasochism: An Ethical Analysis"David Hume: "Of Chastity and Modesty"Immanuel Kant: "Duties Towards the Body in Respect of Sexual Impulse; _Crimina Carnis_"Frederick Elliston: "In Defense of Promiscuity"Richard Wassertrom: "Is Adultery Immoral?"John H. Bogart: "On the Nature of Rape"III. Erotic LovePlato: From SymposiumArthur Schopenhauer: From "The Metaphysics of the Love of the Sexes"Soren Kierkegaard: "Don Juan's Secret"Jean-Paul Sartre: "First Attitude Toward Others: Love, Language, Masochism"Simone de Beauvoir: From "The Woman in Love"Irving Singer: "Appraisal and Bestowal"Alan Soble: "Reconciling Eros and Agape"Robert Nozick: "Love's Bond"Robert C. Solomon: "The Virtue of (Erotic) Love"IV. Friendship and Familial LoveAristotle: From Nicomachean Ethics, Books VIII and IXVeera Kapur Badhwar: "The Circumstances of Justice: Pluralism, Community, and Friendship"Ellen Fox: "Paternalism and Friendship"James Conlon: "Why Lovers Can't Be Friends"Jeffrey Blustein: "The Duties of Grown Children"Jane English: "What Do Grown Children Owe Their Parents?"Anthony Graybosch: "Parents, Children, and Friends"

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