In Patrick Hassan (ed.), Schopenhauer's Moral Philosophy. Routledge (forthcoming)

David Bather Woods
University of Warwick
This chapter examines the ethical matters that arise from Schopenhauer’s discussions of sexual love and sexual practices. It presents Schopenhauer's remarks on “pederasty”, among other “unnatural lusts”, and attempts to disentangle Schopenhauer’s judgements on these practices from the principles that guide them. It considers these practices in the light of Schopenhauer's ethics of asceticism and his ethics of compassion and concludes that Schopenhauer’s objections to them are not always moral in nature, strictly speaking, and where they are moral, they are not always based on the “unnaturalness” of the practices, but rather the harm that he supposes they may cause.
Keywords Schopenhauer  sexual ethics  sex  lust  compassion  asceticism  procreation  pederasty  consent  harm
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