Philosophy of Sex

Philosophy of sex is the part of applied philosophy studying sex and love. It includes both ethics of phenomena such as prostitution, rape, sexual harassment, sexual identity, and homosexuality, and conceptual analysis of concepts. It also includes questions of sexuality and sexual identity and the ontological status of gender.

Contemporary philosophy of sex is sometimes informed by western feminism. Issues raised by feminists regarding gender differences, sexual politics, and the nature of sexual identity are important questions in the philosophy of sex.

A negative understanding of sexuality, such as from Immanuel Kant, believes that sexuality undermines values, and challenges our moral treatment of other persons. “Sex makes of the loved person an Object of appetite In this understanding, sexual celibacy may lead to the best, or most moral life. Sometimes it is advised only for the purpose of procreation.”

A positive understanding of sexuality understand sexual activity as pleasing the self and the other at the same time.

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