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Philosophy of Sex and Love

In this course, we’ll engage both historical and contemporary philosophical work to interrogate a variety of questions concerning the nature of love and sex, including: What is love? What is sex? What makes it the case that X loves Y? Is there, or should there be, an ethics of love and sex? What is moral, what is normal, and who gets to decide? How do our understandings of masculinity and femininity inform what we believe about love and sex? The course will be divided into five units: (1) Reasons for Love; (2) Historical Perspectives on Sex and Love; (3) Sexual Preferences; (4) Sex and Gender; (5) Consent, Coercion, & Violence. Fall, even-numbered years.

Core Curriculum Designation: DD
Grade Basis: Letter Grade
Credits: 4.0