Sexual Desire: A Philosophical Investigation

Sexual Desire: A Philosophical Investigation

by Roger Scruton
     
 

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A dazzling treatise, as erudite and eloquent as Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex and considerably more sound in its conclusion - TLS


"He is an eloquent and practised writer" - The Independent (UK)


When John desires Mary or Mary desires John, what does either of them want? What is meant

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A dazzling treatise, as erudite and eloquent as Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex and considerably more sound in its conclusion - TLS


"He is an eloquent and practised writer" - The Independent (UK)


When John desires Mary or Mary desires John, what does either of them want? What is meant by innocence, passion, love and arousal, desire, perversion and shame? These are just a few of the questions Roger Scruton addresses in this thought-provoking intellectual adventure. Beginning from purely philosophical premises, and ranging over human life, art and institutions, he surveys the entire field of sexuality; equally dissatisfied with puritanism and permissiveness, he argues for a radical break with recent theories. Upholding traditional morality - though in terms that may shock many of its practitioners - his argument gravitates to that which is candid, serene and consoling in the experience of sexual love.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826480385
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
06/01/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
990,869
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.89(d)

Meet the Author


Professor Roger Scruton is visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, Senior Research Fellow at Blackfriars Hall Oxford and visiting Research Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of St Andrews. His other books include Sexual Desire, The West and the Rest, England: An Elegy, News from Somewhere, Gentle Regrets and I Drink Therefore I Am (all published by Continuum).

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