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Why does my appreciation of female physical beauty tend to be presumed to be sexual?

Firstly, women are not art. Women are people. You are not prohibited from seeing women as art. If you want to examine the female form as art, why not go to an art museum? Or join a life-drawing class?...
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If we all came from Adam and Eve

How incest as a taboo is defined is dependent upon the culture you are raised in. If I remember correctly, Cleopatra was the result of 27 generations of brother-sister marriages. In some cultures ...
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Does gay marriage justify incest marriage because both are consensual activity?

Your reasoning is valid. However, the consensuality of the union is not the premise that defenders of same-sex marriage are basing their argument on. Defenders of same sex marriage are working from ...
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Rape and non consensual sex

I think you're criss-crossing some distinct notions here. First, there are moral senses of terms like "rape" and "assault." Moreover, there are legal senses. Finally, there are psychological senses* ...
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Why did Kant condemn masturbation?

Tim Jankowiak writes the following about Kant's ethics: Kant also argued that his ethical theory requires belief in free will, God, and the immortality of the soul. Although we cannot have ...
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Is Homosexuality considered moral because it was seen in 'nature'?

Male lions eat the cubs of other lions to maximize the chances of their own offspring thriving. This is natural behavior, yet no one will ever argue that it is moral behavior. Arguments against the ...
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Are there any ethical/moral frameworks governing sexual behaviours? If so, what do they say?

The issues you list -- altruism, reciprocation, etc... -- are not specifically sexual, but are general ethical issues and therefore would be discussed outside of sex. Philosophers prefer general ...
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Is artificially generating images of minors in sexual positions unethical?

It's an interesting edge case in practice, with many different legal stances around the world. In the USA, the potential problems associated with such material, largely do not outweigh free speech ...
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Are there any ethical/moral frameworks governing sexual behaviours? If so, what do they say?

I myself have wondered why I have come across so little discussion of sex among philosophers, especially since it seems to me that it would be a very serious question for ethics and philosophy of ...
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Does gay marriage justify incest marriage because both are consensual activity?

No gay marriage in itself does not justify incest marriage per se. Both are quite different. However reasons why gay marriage is justified may apply even to incest. For example in Obergefell v. ...
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What philosophers believed marriage is man's ultimate perfection?

I confine my remarks to Plato, who dominates your question Plato, Aristophanes & the Symposium Plato does not identify himself or the Platonic Socrates with Aristophanes' view. Aristophanes was a ...
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Morality of watching porn

Morality of watching porn I would feel ashamed of any intentional kind of involvement in any business based on exploitation of human beings especially, but really of anything. Exploitation is ...
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Morality of watching porn

Ill try to answer your actual question, but there are many views, and many possible answers, as I am sure you are aware. Porn (and the wider sex industry) is a sector of human activities where there ...
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Is promiscuity wrong?

I can't speak to any justification of "reflexive disdain" for promiscuity (which seems a bit harsh to me), but I can certainly think of some basic economic/game-theoretic arguments one might make to ...
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Thales's views on marriage and sexuality

The source of stories about Thales, marriage, children and sexuality is mainly Diogenes Laertius, Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers, given extra circulation in Plutarch's Lives. Given, ...
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Is Homosexuality considered moral because it was seen in 'nature'?

First, you overestimate the agreement that incest is morally wrong. Yes, I would find it viscerally disgusting to “mate” with my sister, but many philosophers wouldn't accept this subjective feeling ...
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The perverted faculty argument

An answer to your specifically stated question: Yes, the distinction is meaningful. But it has to be understood within the context of the specific faculty, agent, and end. If you hold that sexual ...
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The perverted faculty argument

" “contrary to” and “other than” " Surely ig0774 is correct. That something is, or can be, contrary to an aim, is an uncomplicated idea, and free of difficulty. Aristotle spoke of people who ...
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When consent changes: can "consent" after the fact be valid?

I really wanted to give a nice elaborated answer to this question but I don't have enough time right now. So here's my short, quick answer: From the perspective of Philosophy of Language, there's a ...
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Are love and sexual attraction completely unrelated?

Spinoza defines love as "a feeling of joy associated with the idea of a cause". It is to say, if you have the idea that something or someone gives you joy, you love that something or someone....
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Are love and sexual attraction completely unrelated?

Love comes down to self and its embrace of other. To love someone, at its core, is not about action, but rather how closely that someone is held psychologically as being of the same path or substance. ...
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Is Avatar Sexuality Likely to Persist in the Event of a Digitalised 'Humanity'?

Genes and memes. It's how things impact the replication of replicators, that will shape future population which even in digital space, consist of units of selection in some way. I would look to ...
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How do ethicists tackle the question "Is it immoral to have sex in public places?" Is it possible to use rational and empirical ideas to answer?

Some philosophers have practiced sex in public places. Diogenes the Cynic engaged in public sex, though only with himself. His point was to confront his fellow Athenians with the truth of their animal ...
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How do ethicists tackle the question "Is it immoral to have sex in public places?" Is it possible to use rational and empirical ideas to answer?

It’s about why morality evolved. Shame evolved to avoid being vulnerable, for instance while defecating. Disgust evolved to avoid hazards from infection. Humans hijacked these to serve cultural ends, ...
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Why does my appreciation of female physical beauty tend to be presumed to be sexual?

Your question is "why", and the first place to look is broadly at whether we think the objection to your behaviour is in some way either natural or rational, or whether it's mostly a function of the ...
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determine a secular lawyerly/philosophical argument that solely upholds the traditional male-female marriage institute's values

The main difficulty with this argument is that you would have to establish that marriage is about the production of lineal-bloodline children. That is problematic for a few reasons: It is easily ...
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What is post sexualism, and is there a non confessional imperative?

Identity is changing, fluid, performed rather than in-built. This means that our behaviour (which is a series of different events rather than a one-off phenomenon) shapes our identity. Therefore the ...
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