Maricopa Community Colleges  PHI218   19986-99999 

Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 2-24-1998

PHI218  1998 Fall – 2011 Fall

LEC  3.0 Credit(s)  3.0 Period(s)  3.0 Load  Acad

Philosophy of Sexuality

Philosophical examination of sexuality in human life. Historical and critical survey of philosophical and theological views. Comparison and evaluation of contemporary theories about the nature of sexual desire and sexual acts. Implications of theories for contemporary moral problems.

Prerequisites: None.

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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:


PHI218  1998 Fall – 2011 Fall

Philosophy of Sexuality



Identify and evaluate key philosophers and theologians who have treated the subject of sexuality, and describe their views. (I)


Contrast and criticize reductionist and expansionist theories related to sexuality. (II)


Apply principles of philosophy and ethics to contemporary questions and issues related to human sexuality. (III)

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PHI218  1998 Fall – 2011 Fall

Philosophy of Sexuality


I. Historical Background: Philosophers on Sexuality

A. Ancient Greek Philosophers

1. Socrates

2. Plato

3. Aristotle

4. Epicurus

B. Christian theologians

1. St. Paul

2. Augustine

3. Aquinas

4. Luther

5. Calvin

C. Modern philosophers

1. Hume

2. Kant

3. Schopenhauer

4. Russell

II. The Metaphysics of Sexuality

A. Reductionist theories

1. Goldman

2. Taylor

B. Expansionist theories

1. Nagel

2. Sartre

3. Solomon

III. The Morality of Sexuality

A. Feminism

1. Gender differences

2. Gender-based speech

B. Sexual orientation

C. Monogamy and marriage

D. Pornography

E. Prostitution

F. Autoeroticism

G. Reproductive ethics

1. Surrogacy

2. Abortion

3. In vitro fertilization

H. Sexually transmitted diseases


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