The Philosophy of Viagra: Bioethical Responses to the Viagrification of the Modern World

The Philosophy of Viagra: Bioethical Responses to the Viagrification of the Modern World

by Brill

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The Philosophy of Viagra: Bioethical Responses to the Viagrification of the Modern World by Brill

The impotency remedy Viagra is the fastest selling drug in history. It has grown beyond being simply a medical phenomenon, but has achieved the status of cultural icon, appearing on television as a pretext for jokes or even as a murder weapon. Viagra has socio-cultural implications that are not limited to sexuality. The Philosophy of Viagra offers a unique perspective as it examines the phenomenon of Viagra through ideas derived from more than two thousand years of philosophical reasoning. In philosophy, Eros has always had a central position. Since Plato, philosophy has held that desire is not only a medical but also a spiritual phenomenon and that scientific explanations claiming to give an exhaustive account of erotic perception are misleading. Philosophical ideas are able to debunk various scientific rationalizations of sexuality – one of which is the clinical-sexological discourse on Viagra. In this volume, several authors interpret Viagra through the lens of classical philosophy explicating the themes of immortality and hedonism. Others offer psychoanalytical considerations by confronting clinical sexology with psychological realities. Still others evoke intercultural aspects revealing the relative character of potency that the phenomenon of Viagra attempts to gloss over.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789042033368
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 01/01/2011
Series: Value Inquiry Book Series , #230
Pages: 227
Product dimensions: 0.59(w) x 0.87(h) x 0.02(d)

Table of Contents

Thorsten Botz-Bornstein: Introduction: Viagra, Lifestyle, and the Philosophical Perspective
Sophie Bourgault: Eros, Viagra, and the Good Life: Reflections on Cephalus and Platonic Moderation
Robert Vuckovich: Diogenes of Sinope Gets Hard on Viagra
Thomas Kapper: A Question of Virtuous Sex: Would Aristotle Take Viagra?
Kevin Guilfoy: Man’s Fallen State: St. Augustine on Viagra
Robert Redeker: Viagra and the Utopia of Immortality
Connie C. Price: Enhancing Desire Philosophically: Feminism, Viagra, and the Biopolitics of the Future
Thorsten Botz-Bornstein: Red Pill or Blue Pill? Viagra and the Virtual
Anthony Okeregbe: Virility, Viagra, and Virtue: Re-Reading Humane Vitae in an African Light
Dónal O‘Mathúna: Erecting New Goals for Medicine: Viagra and Medicalization
Claude-Raphaël Samama: Desire and its Mysteries: Erectile Stimulators Between Thighs and Selves
Thorsten Botz-Bornstein: America and Viagra or How the White Negro Became a Little Whiter: Viagra as an Afro-Disiac
Herbert Roseman: David Hume Meets Viagra: The Misuse of the Science of Erectile Dysfunction
Herbert Roseman: A Short Note on Viagra and Thanatos
Roman Meinhold: Comparative Melioration and Pathological Pathogenization in Viagra Marketing
Bassam Romaya: Erectus Interruptus: All Erections Are Not Equal
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