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  Philosophy of sex - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Philosophy of sex is the part of applied philosophy studying sex and love.
Much contemporary philosophy of sex has some footing in Western feminism and issues raised by feminists regarding gender differences, sexual politics, and the nature of sexual identity.
The Society for the Philosophy of Sex and Love [1] is a professional group within the membership of the American Philosophical Association.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Philosophy_of_sex   (604 words)

 Evolutionary Philosophy of Sex Sexuality Society
Sex increases blood flow: The blood flow to your brain and to all other organs of your body is increased during sex.
In men, sex encourages the flow of testosterone, which strengthens bones and muscles and helps transport DHEA, a hormone that may be important in the function of the body’s immune system.
Thus evolutionary philosophy suggests that humans have evolved a diversity of sexual behaviours that are all 'normal' in a sense, and these behaviours are further regulated by cultural standards of what we consider to be moral.
infotut.com /reference/Society/Sexuality/Evolutionary_Philosophy_of_Sex   (962 words)

 20th WCP: The Philosophy of Sex and Gender in Russia
First of all, I mean the last century's philosophy of sex and the theology of gender, the concept of emancipation of women within the framework of the Marxist-Leninist theory of women's emancipation, which played the role of state "women's philosophy" in the Soviet period, and the existing modern viewpoints.
First of all, in the Russian philosophy and theology of sex differentiation between the masculine and feminine beginnings is viewed from the standpoint of the metaphysical or spiritual and religious principles, while for Western philosophy such differentiaiton is more of the ontological or gnosiological character.
However, it is owing to the allegorical and moral and ethical tone of the Russian philosophy of sex that it has contributed much to the perpetuation of patriarchal oriented views and the traditional structure of gender roles in Russia.
www.bu.edu /wcp/Papers/Gend/GendVoro.htm   (3017 words)

 Plato's Philosophy of Sex
Sex is irrelevant to everything save sex, and it is only where specifically sexual functions are in issue that any differentiation can be justified.
Sex is relevant to the architect of the ideal society on two counts: it is the [224] means of producing new guardians, and it is emotionally charged and potentially divisive.
Sex is an instinct we happen to have, and one which we need on occasion to gratify in order to secure the continuance of the species.
users.ox.ac.uk /~jrlucas/libeqsor/platsex.html   (3934 words)

 Philosophy of Sexuality [Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]
Normative philosophy of sexuality investigates what contribution is made to the good or virtuous life by sexuality, and tries to determine what moral obligations we have to refrain from performing certain sexual acts and what moral permissions we have to engage in others.
A comparison between the sexual philosophy of the medieval Catholic theologian St. Thomas Aquinas and that of the contemporary secular philosophy Thomas Nagel is in this regard instructive.
Lewinsky's performing oral sex on President Clinton was done only for his sake, for his sexual pleasure, and she did it out of consideration for his needs and not hers, then perhaps she did not herself, after all, engage in a sexual act.
www.utm.edu /research/iep/s/sexualit.htm   (7904 words)

For example, the first ecumenical council to condemn homosexual sex, Lateran III of 1179, stated that “Whoever shall be found to have committed that incontinence which is against nature” shall be punished, the severity of which depended upon whether the transgressor was a cleric or layperson (quoted in Boswell, 1980, 277).
Aquinas did not argue that procreation was a necessary part of moral or just sex; married couples could enjoy sex without the motive of having children, and sex in marriages where one or both partners is sterile (perhaps because the woman is postmenopausal) is also potentially just (given a motive of expressing love).
Sex in an opposite-sex marriage where the partners know that one or both of them are sterile is not done for procreation.
plato.stanford.edu /entries/homosexuality   (6564 words)

 Philosophy, Sex and Feminism
Gender sex, though easy to describe, is difficult to focus on as the object of philosophical inquiry because social practice often appears to have a certain obvious naturalness about it, particularly for those in a position of power.
It roughly amounts to the thesis that erotic sex and philosophy are one and the same thing, because erotic sex is at the core of all motivation in the person as a whole.
The search for sex differences is, in important ways, a search for the natural man. We use the phrase advisedly: for it is part of the mythology of gender sex that women have been viewed as nature to men's culture.
www.chass.utoronto.ca /~sousa/sexphil.html   (7183 words)

 Philosophy of Sex
It is not obvious how the term `sex' may have deeper non-scientific origins--or that the nature of its meaning might be highly significant, especially when coupled with the imprimatur of science.
We may be tempted to regard the definition of sex, for example, as straightforward.
Perhaps we cannot talk at all about sex in a plant until a flower forms from undifferentiated tissue, and the plant shifts from a purely vegetative to a reproductive existence.
www1.umn.edu /ships/gender/phil'sex.htm   (1281 words)

 Wikipedia:WikiProject Philosophy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Star of Sophia is a special award, and unlike Barnstars, is granted through nomination and acclamation by the participants of this project.
No attribution, no criticism -- the general rule for "Criticisms" sections in philosophy articles is, "if you can't (or don't want to) attribute a criticism of a philosophy to a specific person or group, or aren't able to reference it to a book, don't write it".
WikiProject Philosophy may be given support from WikiProject Academics for articles on philosophers qua professors.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Philosophy   (2146 words)

 Love Sex Orgasm. Evolutionary Philosophy of Love Sex and Orgasm
Sex was almost never discussed in polite society and young women often had no idea what was going to happen to them on wedding night, except for dire hints that may have been given by their mothers- which often were of the ‘Lie back and think of England’ variety.
Sex is, or should be, a mystery in which two people who love each other and who recognise each other’s full humanity can express and deepen their love.
Sex should always be a free act, a gift of intimacy, commitment and trust by one person to another.
www.spaceandmotion.com /Philosophy-Love-Sex-Orgasm.htm   (6873 words)

 MRB: Philosophy and Sex   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The book offers several different views on sex, criticizing or approving various sexual acts, fetishes, and preferences from such the likes of notable feminists, the Pope and many other so called experts but always allowing you as the reader to think and decide as to what is the truth.
Philosophy of Tantra, Tantric Sex: Philosophy of Tantra, Tantric Sex: Discussion of the meaning of 'Tantra' (to weave, web) and the Tantric philosophy of All is One and interconnected, sex is a sacred and divine experience
Sex and Philosophy - Homepage: Sex and philosophy' is concerned with evolution and its implication for human nature.
www.medical-research-books.com /mrb-books-reviewed/0879752467.html   (478 words)

 Philosophy Forum > Same-Sex Marriages III
Any word on how the gender balance is coming along in China since they already have people aborting to choose the sex of their child-- the one child per family thing they started a while ago.
The PRC has recognized this as a problem and accordingly moved to ban abortions for sex selection, crack down on infanticide, increase the perceived value of female children, etc. There are already rules which allow rural families to try again if they have a girl first.
Philosophy does I believe have a place within schools, though I agree that it is the role of the teacher only to inform, not to impose.
forum.darwinawards.com /lofiversion/index.php/t6133-1200.html   (5946 words)

 Tantric Temple - Philosophy - Sex in religion   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Sex is an emotion very closely associated with the state of ecstasy.
While he is removing layer after layer of theology, dogma, and precept, digging down to the core of his faith, he is also removing the fineries that the love sentiment has added during its sojourn in the sacred shrine.
The sect is, in consequence, a reversal to type, a return to the primitive state of sexuality in faith-sex, free, open, unashamed, and boundless, for the joy of man and the exaltation of his god.
www.spiralrhythms.org /tantric/philosophy/04_philo.shtml   (957 words)

 Philosophy of Tantra, Tantric Sex
Sex may be used by Tantric's to heighten their energies / consciousness / connection to the universe which can aid healing (peace, wholeness, power, bliss) and growth (self esteem).
Philosophy - Kama Sutra - 'Praised be the three aims of life, virtue (dharma), prosperity (artha), and love (kama), which are the subject of this work.' Kama Sutra (Kamasutra, Karma Sutra, Kama Shastra).
Philosophy - Feminism - Philosophy and Criticism of Feminist Theory and the Feminism Movement by Karene Howie (a Feminist Philosopher from Australia) and her Philosopher partner Geoff Haselhurst.
www.spaceandmotion.com /Philosophy-Tantra-Tantric-Sex.htm   (3600 words)

 Philosophy of Sex and Love
For example, our work on the question of what is natural and unnatural in sex will first concentrate on putting together possible answers, but then will shift to the question of how general we are requiring each answer to be, and what kinds of assumptions underlie those answers.
Understanding the status of exceptions in our work is a part of understanding what philosophy is. General cl for in ways which are not addressed by, say, anthropologists.
Philosophy is one place where clarity of language is absolutely necessary, and our work to show what words do and how they mark distinctions from each other helps to clarify how crucial clear thinking, writing, and speaking are to the humanities.
www.humboldt.edu /~jwp2/304f00.htm   (2079 words)

 Philosophy of Sex & Love
One of the ideas that is pervasive in much talk about pornography is that sex is in itself harmful to women (the "sex-harm thesis").
Again, reflect on Baker's essay and the language of sex linked with the language of harm -- "Fuck you" is said to a person who you are mad at, or to one you think has treated you badly in some way.
It is an open question whether the language of sex link with the language of harm is any more applicable to women than to men, especially in light of the fact that women may be thought sexually dominent to men simply by switching the "penetration" language to "engulfment" language.
www.humboldt.edu /~mfg1/gary.html   (978 words)

 R. J. Noonan: Sex and the Mind 2
The fulfillment of sex, for many, because of social conditioning and moral imprinting of which no one is totally devoid, is a goal in itself.
Feibleman, in Runes’ Dictionary of Philosophy, further embellishes it as “technically, the science of sciences, the criticism and systematization or organization of all knowledge, drawn from empirical science, rational learning, common experience, or wherever.” A philosophy of sex is therefore not inconceivable.
Sex is a universal entity and, as such, is open to all types of enquiry.
www.sexquest.com /SexualHealth/PhilosSex2.html   (1451 words)

 Philosophy Forum > Same-Sex Marriages III
How people want to have sex and with whom is not of my concern, what is of my concern is activists trying to push their rights and wrongs down my troath.
One may legally have sex outside of marriage, legally refuse to expose a crime committed by one's spouse, and legally tell people that they will suffer eternal damnation if they don't change their beliefs - and many people find these acts morally reprehensible.
Not allowing Same Sex couples to marry is discriminatory and its as wrong as forbidding inter-racial marrige.
forum.darwinawards.com /lofiversion/index.php/t6133-950.html   (13351 words)

 Sex and Philosophy - Homepage
The content of this web site, Sex and Philosophy, is taken from or adapted from the book, The Architecture of Thought: A New Look at Human Evolution.
The work is an exploration of human evolution but it develops a novel approach and, unlike most studies on the evolutionary origins of man, does not take genetics or genes as its basic idea.
The antecedents of this work are to be found in studies that apply evolutionary thought to epistemology, the theory of knowledge, a subject usually seen as philosophy rather than science.
www.sexandphilosophy.co.uk   (592 words)

 Philosophy of Sex and Love: A Reader:0023124318:Trevas, Robert; Zucker, Arthur; Borchert, Donald M.:eCampus.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
By studying sexual philosophy, we allow ourselves, through exposure to a variety of alternative belief systems, to consider new possibilities and options as well as to develop a deeper understanding of the philosophy we already possess.
Then, ten major topics treated in the philosophy of sex and love are examined in detail.
Guaranteed to spark lively debate, Philosophy of Sex and Love challenges readers to sharpen their critical faculties as they explore the reasons supporting each position and to develop a philosophy of sex and love that, when examined fully and rationally, will not only be self-satisfying but will promote the welfare of society as a whole.
www.ecampus.com /bk_detail.asp?isbn=0023124318   (205 words)

 Philosophy of Sex: Evolution, Love & Human Sexuality   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
In one sense it is strange how little philosophers have written on sexuality, as it is clear from Evolution that Sex and Survival are the two most fundamental forces driving our continued existence.
Evidence suggests that where sex is actively prohibited though, as within certain religions, then the sexual urge, being so strong, tends to manifest in abusive ways that cause great harm to human society.
Peter Vardy is a contemporary philosopher whose book 'The Puzzle of Sex' is a welcome, refreshing and inherently sensible view of human sexuality.
www.physics-philosophy-metaphysics.com /forum/about39.html   (941 words)

 R. J. Noonan: Sex and the Mind 1
Sex and the Mind will explore some of the problems in the philosophy of sex.
The goal of philosophy has historically been to form the best judgment that one can of what man (and more recently, woman) is, what the nature of his world is, and what kind of life he ought to lead in that world.
Problems in the ethics of sex will not be explored except for cursory allusions where absolutely necessary for clarification and better understanding.
www.sexquest.com /SexualHealth/PhilosSex1.html   (1815 words)

 Guide to Philosophy on the Internet (Suber), Journals
A student journal of philosophy from the University of Michigan.
Poznan Studies in the Philosophy of the Sciences and Humanities.
Studies in the History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences.
www.earlham.edu /~peters/gpi/journals.htm   (3014 words)

 Amazon.com: Philosophy of Sex: Contemporary Readings: Books: Alan Soble   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
It was a required text in a course I took on "The Philosophy of Sex," and I did not like it then, and I still don't like it.
Yes, it has readings on all sorts of "sex" issues, from abortion to homosexuality to bestiality (I might be kidding), but sex to me is none of those things (okay, homosexuality is sex).
If you want a textbook that examines "sex," but not the "sexual," this book may interest you, but I assure you that you will not be entertained.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0742513467?v=glance   (770 words)

 Sex, War, and Philosophy
After spending a little more time studying Kant, I have to admit that despite my utter embrace of utilitarianism, I see why Kant is such a powerful force in philosophy, and also why his theories have such weight within the world of philosophy.
If you've been reading this blog, you've not doubt wondered how I can call it Sex, War, and Philosophy when there seems to be lots of philosophy, a little war, and not a bit of sex to be seen.
In other words, even sex is better if enjoyed with someone that you love who loves you back.
sex-war.blogspot.com   (5821 words)

 Philosophy - Michael Levine Publications   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
"Philosophy and Racism." In Racism in Mind: Philosophical Explanations of Racism and Its Implications.
Religious Pluralism and Truth Essays On Cross-Cultural Philosophy of Religion, (ed.) Thomas Dean, (Albany: State Univ. of New York Pr., 1995), Asian Philosophy, 6 (1996).
Ethical and Religious Thought in Analytic Philosophy of Religion, Quentin Smith (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1997) Aust J of Phil 77 (1999).
www.philosophy.uwa.edu.au /staff/levine/publications   (1417 words)

 Sex Perv NOTES
66 (1969), fails for the same reason: what it presents as perverted sex is merely non-ideal sex.
To be sure, Nagel's ideal differs from that of Scruton's, both in contents and, more importantly, in the type of evaluation involved.
On Nagel's account, sex that combines embodiment and reflexive multileveled mutual recognition of arousal by arousal is not a moral, but a morally neutral, purely sexual ideal.
www.ipce.info /ipceweb/Library/99-127_notes.htm   (643 words)

 Philosophy of Sex and Love
Description: This class will take a problems approach to questions in philosophy of sex and love while we work with a selection of classic and influential readings on the subject.
Philosophy and Sex3rd Edition (NYC: Prometheus Books, 1998), will supply some of our readings.
Understanding the status of exceptions in our work is a part of understanding what philosophy is. General claims in philosophy have to be argued for in ways which are not addressed by, say, anthropologists.
www.humboldt.edu /~jwp2/304f99.htm   (2079 words)

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