My friend tells me it depends on how you view homosexuality. He says if you see it as a belief/religion, then yes. Otherwise no. What do you think?

  • Do you mean if "you see [homosexuality] as belief/religion"? That is, if you view homosexuality as a belief/religion? And in any case, I'd say you can discuss pretty much anything philosophically if you try.
    – commando
    Apr 25 '14 at 15:56
  • Considering it as a belief/religion is the opinion my friend suggested to determine whether it can be discussed philosophically. I put it on to use as an example. My main question is if and how the practice of homosexuality can be discussed philosophically, like what questions it can pose etc.
    – Ava
    Apr 25 '14 at 16:01
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    Can you explain what you mean by seeing homosexuality as a religion? This seems quite nonsensical to me.
    – user4894
    Apr 25 '14 at 16:04
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    You can discuss anything philosophically. Apr 25 '14 at 16:08
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    @Ava Is heterosexuality a religion?
    – user4894
    Apr 25 '14 at 18:11

You can discuss philosophically the nature of sexuality, and homosexuality in particular. Also, I don't see at all how homosexuality is a belief or a religion (or both). We can be utterly straightforward and look up what the word means in the dictionary: Merriam-Webster defines 'homosexuality' as 'the quality or state of being homosexual'. Can a quality be a belief or a religion? I don't think so. However, 'homosexuality is not unnatural', for example, is a perfectly legitimate belief (I can't think of a homosexuality-based religion, sorry :) ).

EDIT: take a look at this SEP article on the subject, it also contains a huge list of references to works of actual philosophers.

  • You say that we can but give nothing to support that claim. Example maybe?
    – Ava
    Apr 25 '14 at 16:09
  • Are you happy now? :)
    – user132181
    Apr 25 '14 at 16:09
  • Thank you for the reference (and the edit to my question)!
    – Ava
    Apr 25 '14 at 16:17
  • Well, does my answer answer your question? :)
    – user132181
    Apr 25 '14 at 16:27
  • Partially, if you could just give an example to support your claim. Even though my question was 'can it be' and not 'how can it be' you must add the 'how' for any answer to be accepted. Just how can homosexuality be discussed philosophically?
    – Ava
    Apr 25 '14 at 16:42

You can...but that depends on what about homosexuality you are discussing.

Are you discussing whether it is morally 'right' or 'wrong' to be a homosexual?

Are you discussing the idea of homosexuality as a philosophy in and of itself?

Are you discussing the very concept of whether or not homosexuality has any philosophical bearing at all?

Homosexuality is a broad concept, and has plenty of areas of conflict that can be discussed from a philosophical standpoint. Its very nature, its impact on society, whether or not it is a choice, what that would mean for society and individuals, all are ripe concepts for discussion.

Homosexuality itself is a very, very broad topic, and 'discussing it philosophically' would be akin to discussing a religion, an ethnicity, a moral viewpoint, or any idea - you can do it, but without context or a direction to discuss it in, there isn't much point.

  • By moralistically, do you mean morally? Discussing things moralistically is not generally in the provence of philosophy.
    – virmaior
    Apr 26 '14 at 0:59
  • @virmaior Yes, I believe I do. My apologies for the incorrect terminology.
    – Zibbobz
    Apr 26 '14 at 3:11

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