Lusty women and loose imagination: Hume's philosophical anthropology of chastity

Berry, C. (2003) Lusty women and loose imagination: Hume's philosophical anthropology of chastity. History of Political Thought, 24(3), pp. 415-433.

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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.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Berry, Professor Christopher
Authors: Berry, C.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:History of Political Thought
Publisher:Imprint Academic
ISSN:0143-781X

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