Saying how you Feel: Men and Women on Sexual Arousal and Desire

By Robert Scott Stewart.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This paper explores various contemporary philosophic accounts of sexual desire and compares them to some recent psychological investigations into the nature of sexual desire. A number of suggestions are made on the basis of this exploration. Most importantly, it is argued that though women and men differ with respect to sexual desire and arousal in some respects, sexual desire represents an existential need in all humans, a point typically missed in psychological accounts. Sexual desire understood in this way involves a longing by both men and women for an intimate connection with another person.

Keywords: Sexual Arousal, Sexual Desire, Men’s Desire vs. Women’s Desire, Evolutionary Psychology, Social Constructionism

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 6, Issue 10, pp.203-212. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 800.917KB).

Dr. Robert Scott Stewart

Professor and Chair, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Cape Breton University, Sydney, Canada

Scott Stewart is a Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Cape Breton University. He completed his Ph.D in philosophy at the University of Waterloo in 1991, where he wrote a dissertation on John Stuart Mill. He has published widely in the areas of applied philosophy, biomedical ethics, and philosophy and literature. He has served for many years on both the Research Ethics Board and the Ethics Committee at his local hospital. Currently, he co-editing and contributing to a book tentatively titled, Food For Thought: A Multidisciplinary Look at Food in Our World. For four months in the fall of 2008, he taught for Semester at Sea, a program sponsored by the University of Virginia, which teaches over 700 university students per voyage while sailing round the world.


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