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Blind Date: Sex and Philosophy
by Anne Dufourmantelle
translated by Catherine Porter
University of Illinois Press, 2007
Paper: 978-0-252-07488-2 | Cloth: 978-0-252-03263-9
Library of Congress Classification HQ21.D84 2007
Dewey Decimal Classification 306.701


Bringing sex and philosophy together on a blind date, Anne Dufourmantelle’s provocative study uses this analogy to uncover and examine philosophy’s blind spot. Delightful and startling comparisons spring from the date: both sex and philosophy are dangerous, both are socially subversive, and both are obsessions. Although sex and philosophy have much in common, however, they have scarcely known one another until now.

Socrates and Diogenes had little to say about sex, and although it was notoriously explored by the Marquis de Sade, this study explains why philosophy has never been fully sexualized nor sex really philosophized. Blind Date highlights the marked deletion of sexual topics and themes from philosophical works, while also opening doors for their union. Inviting readers to remember that thought does not require repressed desire, Dufourmantelle argues that sex is everywhere, and it affects all kinds of thinking.

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