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Sex, Love, and Gender – A Kantian Theory - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Sex, Love, and Gender: A Kantian Theory

Helga Varden


This book provides a comprehensive account of sex, love, and gender—the first of its kind—by engaging a seemingly unlikely ally: Immanuel Kant. To date, no scholar has considered Kant’s potential contributions to such an account; nor is this surprising. Kant explicitly views sexual activity as inherently morally problematic, maintaining as ethically permissible only heterosexual procreative sexual activity within the confines of legal marriage. Kant’s comments on sex, love, and gender are also diffused throughout his practical works—from his works on ethics and legal-political thought, to his ... More

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

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198812838
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198812838.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Helga Varden, author
Associate Professor in Philosophy and in Gender and Women studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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