How do philosophers talk about sex, love, and desire?


How do philosophers talk about sex, love, and desire?



Discussing sex can be quite difficult, even embarrassing, but philosophers have been doing it for thousands of years. We love questioning how culture and biology combine to establish what’s normal, and examining the various justifications for transgression. Now, with mainstream acknowledgment of pornography, marginalized sexual identities and orientations, and newfound openness to kinky play, it’s time for philosophy to take another look at what sex means in our lives. With all of these in mind, this episode explored the meaning behind sex, reconsider the questions that are worth asking, and even addresses the issues teachers face when they discuss sexuality with their classes.

Sarah LaChance Adams is the Florida Blue Distinguished Professor and Director of the Florida Blue Center for Ethics at the University of North Florida. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, the author of the book Mad Mothers, Bad Mothers, and What a Good Mother Would Do and co-editor of three anthologies including New Philosophies of Sex and Love: Thinking through Desire.


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Institute for Philosophy in Public Life


Grand Forks, ND



How do philosophers talk about sex, love, and desire?