The Sleep of Reason: Erotic Experience and Sexual Ethics in Ancient Greece and Rome

The Sleep of Reason: Erotic Experience and Sexual Ethics in Ancient Greece and Rome

Martha C. Nussbaum


Sex is past cause, and but we always cause approximately it. So, too, did the peoples of old Greece and Rome. yet till lately there was little dialogue in their perspectives on erotic adventure and sexual ethics.

The Sleep of Reason brings jointly a world staff of philosophers, philologists, literary critics, and historians to contemplate questions quite often stored separate: how is erotic adventure understood in classical texts of varied types, and what moral judgments and philosophical arguments are made approximately intercourse? From same-sex wish to conjugal love, and from Plato and Aristotle to the Roman Stoic Musonius Rufus, the participants reveal the complexity and variety of classical sexuality. additionally they convey that the ethics of eros, in either Greece and Rome, shared a couple of commonalities: a spotlight not just on self-mastery, but in addition on reciprocity; a priority between males not only for penetration and show in their energy, but additionally for being light and type, and for being enjoyed for themselves; and that girls or even more youthful males felt not just gratitude and attractiveness, but in addition pleasure and sexual desire.

Contributors:

* Eva Cantarella

* Kenneth Dover

* Chris Faraone

* Simon Goldhill

* Stephen Halliwell

* David M. Halperin

* J. Samuel Houser

* Maarit Kaimio

* David Konstan

* David Leitao

* Martha C. Nussbaum

* A. W. Price

* Juha Sihvola

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