Beginning with a discussion of Kant, Schopenhauer, and others about the morality of sex and the morality of compassion, Explorations in Love and Sex offers a panoramic view of the philosophy of love from its beginnings in Plato up to the present. It examines the nature and limitations of sexual pluralism, and elaborates on Irving Singer's earlier ideas about appraisal and bestowal. The book's chapters are both philosophical and historical, and speak to general readers who wish to better understand the curious set of emotions called love.
Irving Singer is professor of philosophy at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of Feeling and Imagination and Sex: A Philosophical Primer.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 The Morality of Sex: Contra Kant and Schopenhauer Chapter 3 Sexual Pluralism and Its Limits Chapter 4 The History of Love Chapter 5 Love in the Twentieth Century Chapter 6 The Nature and Pursuit of Love Revisited Chapter 7 Sympathetic Intuition: Henry Bergson Chapter 8 Ortega on Love Chapter 9 Concluding Remarks: Love and Sex in the Twenty-First Century Chapter 10 Notes Chapter 11 Index