Feminist Philosophy Quarterly 4 (1):1-33 (2018)

Helga Varden
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Kant on sex gives most philosophers the following associations: a lifelong celibate philosopher; a natural teleological view of sexuality; a strange incorporation of this natural teleological account within his freedom-based moral theory; and a stark ethical condemnation of most sexual activity. Although this paper provides an interpretation of Kant’s view on sexuality, it neither defends nor offers an apology for everything Kant says about sexuality. Rather, it aims to show that a reconsidered Kant-based account can utilize his many worthwhile insights and that making Kant’s account of sexuality more consistent with his own basic philosophical commitments results in a compelling approach to the complex and complicated phenomena of sexual love, sexual identity, and sexual orientation.
Keywords Kant  sexual identity  sexual orientation  sexual love  LGBTQIA
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DOI 10.5206/fpq/2018.1.1
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