Sex: A Philosophical Primer / Edition 2

Sex: A Philosophical Primer / Edition 2

by Irving Singer
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0742512371

ISBN-13: 9780742512375

Pub. Date: 11/28/2004

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

This book explores elemental principles in the study of sex while addressing readers who are not trained philosophers as well as those who are. Singer locates sex within a spectrum that also includes love and compassion. He claims that fundamental mistakes have persistently occurred because numerous theorists relegate sex, love, and compassion to separate and

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This book explores elemental principles in the study of sex while addressing readers who are not trained philosophers as well as those who are. Singer locates sex within a spectrum that also includes love and compassion. He claims that fundamental mistakes have persistently occurred because numerous theorists relegate sex, love, and compassion to separate and distinct compartments. His emphasis upon the internal linkage between sexuality and the varieties of love is further elaborated in later portions of the book: in relation to a distinction that Singer makes between "the sensuous" and "the passionate," followed by consecutive ideas about the nature and valuation of sex. Discussing sex as both an appetite and an interpersonal drive, Singer argues that much philosophical confusion has resulted from the doctrines of those who constrain sexuality within either of these to the detriment of the other. What is sexual for human beings is normally, and perhaps always in some degree, a composite of the appetitive and the interpersonal. In us sex is generically a function of each. This conception of appetitive and interpersonal strands as unified in our sexuality then becomes the basis for his remarks about the relative value of individual sex acts as well as their place within the aesthetic and moral dimension of human nature.

Author Biography: Irving Singer is Professor of Philosophy at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of "Feeling and Imagination" and "Explorations in Love and Sex".

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742512375
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/28/2004
Edition description:
Expanded Edition
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
7.04(w) x 8.92(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Expanded Edition-Marriage: Same-Sex and Opposite-Sexix
Prefacexxxiii
1Sex, Love, Compassion1
2Patterns of the Sensuous and the Passionate17
3The Nature and Evaluation of Sex53
4Criteria of Sexual Goodness65
Pleasure65
Enjoyment and Satisfaction72
Completeness and Reciprocity78
Love84
Embodiment and Absorption89
Natural and Unnatural95
5Is There an Art of Sex?103
Conclusion: Toward a Theory of Sex113
Notes125
Index131
About the Author135

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