LUSTY WOMEN AND LOOSE IMAGINATION: HUME'S PHILOSOPHICAL ANTHROPOLOGY OF CHASTITY
Author: Berry C.
Source: History of Political Thought, Volume 24, Number 3, 2003 , pp. 415-433(19)
Publisher: Imprint Academic
Abstract:According to Hume, humans, unlike other group-living animals, cannot accommodate their natural sexual appetite naturally; this is a Rawlsian 'circumstance of justice'. Humans have to formulate conventions or artifices to govern their reproductive relations (and attendant requirements for nurture) in order to maintain their group or social life. Hume implicitly addresses this issue in his discussion of chastity. The paper explicates his argument. This argument, and its underlying philosophical anthropology, is seen to embody a distinctive approach to a striking feature of the human condition -- sexual (and by extension socio-political) relations are universal but not uniform.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2003-01-01