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Duties Toward the Body in Respect to Sexual Impulse

In "Lectures in Ethics" Immanuel Kant discusses the nature of the "sexual impulse" and people's needs to control it, as well as his views on marriage. Kant sees sexual desire as threatening people's higher, rational nature, and in particular the requirement that we respect ourselves and others by acting only on principles we can will to become universal laws.
Specifically, he thinks some sexual practices violate the fundamental ethical principle that we must never treat another person merely as a means, but always as and end. Prostitution, concubinage, and extramarital sex are all, Kant argues, inconsistent with this most fundamental of moral requirements. He then goes on to describe the moral basis of marriage and the morality of homosexuality.

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  • Rod M.

    Capital Highway is too far west for me. Too difficult to get to on a bike in the rain.

    March 5

    • Alexa

      Well, can't please everyone!! I suggest that location because the private room on the second floor is quiet, private, and suitable for our group. Perhaps you can carpool with another group member if we decide that location

      March 6

  • Rod M.

    Tom's at se 39th and division is never crowded it's where another philosophy group meets

    March 6

    • Alexa

      I have been to that restaurant. There is a small room, that will fit our size of group. However, what we must each spend at least five dollars in order to show our appreciation for that.

      March 6

  • viking1

    There is another Lucky Laborador on Quimby in NW, between 20th and 21st. It also has lots of space and is seldom very crowded.

    March 5

  • Alexa

    Recently I have visited the Lucky Laborador on Capital highway. That may be a possibility for a place to meet in the future for this philosophy meet up group. That brewy has an upstairs room which is quiet and has tables and Chairs. Check it out Garenne.

    March 5

  • A former member
    A former member

    One of the answers regarding daughters in prostitution made me think of another aspect if ethical thinking that wasn't discussed enough: If we can assign future consequence to every one of our moral acts, what kinds of potential does our ethics have? Goran mentioned the opinion that a tight set of principles such as Kant's could result in a 'perfectionist' future society, but some of us see that as an idealist mishmash. Given that the future is not determined by a single philosopher, but by each one of us, we can ask the question, "What does each of our moral acts foretell?"

    February 23

  • viking1

    Great discussion on a very complex topic.

    February 23

  • Goran

    I have posted notes for today's meeting "Duties toward the Body in Respect to Sexual Impulse" (go to More-Files).
    Apologies for the late posting!

    February 23

  • viking1

    Alexa, the venue has changed. It will be at Kell's Irish Pup downtown (in the backroom) this time according to an email from Goran on Feb 18.

    February 20

    • Alexa

      Okay, got it.

      February 21

  • Alexa

    Anyone going to the pub after we meet at the counseling center?

    February 20

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really hate to be lectured to on ethics, don't you? ;-)

    1 · December 20, 2013

    • Goran

      Let me post Kant's reading first... We can then decide whether he is lecturing or articulating ideas.... :)

      1 · December 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I had a great comeback, but I'll just say regards and happy holidays, Goran!

      1 · December 20, 2013

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