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What Are Love and Sex? Eight Answers from Philosophy

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For Valentine’s Day this year, we/ve compiled a collage of extracts of classic and recent Western post-war philosophy, theory and ideas on sex and love – from exploring the cultural roots of our feelings and the apparent tensions between self-love and love for others, to heterosexual desire and transgender sexual experience, and the limits of our imagination regarding sex robots. ___LOVE AS ART"Is love an art? Then it requires knowledge and effort. Or is love a pleasant sensation, which to experience is a matter of chance, something one 'falls into' if one is lucky? This little book is based on the former premise, while undoubtedly the majority of people today believe in the latter. Not that people think that love is not important. They are starved for it; they watch endless numbers of films about happy and unhappy love stories, they listen to hundreds of trashy songs about love — yet hardly anyone thinks that there is anything that needs to be learned about love. This peculiar attitud...

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