A philosophical primer designed for the general reader as well as professionals in various fields, this book studies sex in itself and in its relation to love and compassion. It distinguishes between 'sensuous' and 'passionate' elements of sexuality and shows how sex in human beings is both appetitive and interpersonal. It then explores the ways in which our sexuality is always subject to aesthetic and moral valuation in relation to the appetitive and interpersonal coordinates.
Irving Singer is professor of philosophy at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of Feeling and Imagination and Explorations in Love and Sex.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Sex, Love, Compassion Chapter 3 Patterns of the Sensuous and the Passionate Chapter 4 The Nature and Evaluation of Sex Chapter 5 Criteria of Sexual Goodness: Pleasure, Enjoyment and Satisfaction, Completeness and Reciprocity, Love, Embodyment and Absorption, Natural and Unnatural Chapter 6 Is There an Art of Sex? Chapter 7 Conclusion: Toward a Theory of Sex