Sex, Love, and Gender: A Kantian Theory

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Sex, Love, and Gender is the first volume to present a comprehensive philosophical theory that brings together all of Kant's practical philosophy — found across his works on ethics, justice, anthropology, history, and religion — and provide a critique of emotionally healthy and morally permissible sexual, loving, gendered being. By rethinking Kant's work on human nature and making space for sex, love, and gender within his moral accounts of freedom, the book shows how, despite his austere and even anti-sex, cisist, sexist, and heterosexist reputation, Kant's writings on happiness and virtue (Part I) and right (Part II) in fact yield fertile philosophical ground on which we can explore specific contemporary issues such as abortion, sexual orientation, sexual or gendered identity, marriage, trade in sexual services, and sex- or gender-based oppression. Indeed, Kant's philosophy provides us with resources to appreciate and value the diversity of human ways of loving and the existential importance of our embodied, social selves. Structured on a thematic basis, with introductions to assist those new to Kant's philosophy, this book will be a valuable resource for anyone who cares about these issues and wants to make sense of them.
Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages368
ISBN (Electronic)9780191850622
ISBN (Print)9780198812838, 9780192872319
StatePublished - May 27 2020


  • Kant’s practical philosophy
  • sexual or gender identity
  • sexual orientation
  • sexual oppression
  • marriage
  • abortion
  • human nature
  • freedom
  • human rights
  • sexual love


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