Category: philosophy and sex

Abortion, Sex, and the Limits of Morality

Posted by luno in motherhood, philosophy and sex, abortion, sex differences, male criminality, Moral Theory (Saturday June 30, 2012 at 8:43 pm)
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A Lecture
Bianco Luno
Editor’s note: Bianco Luno surveys and interprets some of the major philosophical literature on abortion in Part I in preparation for drawing radical lessons for the nature of morality in Part II. Thanks to J. Armstrong, Gene L., and O. Dresher for reading, discussion, and corrections. —Victor Muñoz
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Introduction
The topic
I want to talk […]

Abortion, Sex, and the Limits of Morality - Part I

Posted by luno in philosophy and sex, motherhood, abortion, sex differences (Saturday June 30, 2012 at 8:43 pm)
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A survey of important opinions
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The classic case against abortion
The traditional view goes roughly like this:

It is wrong to destroy a person.
A fetus is a person.
Therefore, it is wrong to destroy a fetus.8

8. I won’t rehearse this argument in detail here except to say that the first premise is one that could only have occurred […]

Abortion, Sex, and the Limits of Morality - Part II

Lessons for moral theory taken from the morality of abortion
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Utility and women
In the realm of ethics, the notion of rights is little more than three centuries old, that of utility less, that of virtue two millenia. But that of care we must assume is pre-historic.
There seem to be very few utilitarian philosophers who are women. […]

Stephenson: crime is a masculine statement (I)

Posted by luno in Criminality, philosophy and sex, rape, female criminality, sex differences, feminism, male criminality, Moral Theory (Sunday November 28, 2010 at 12:22 pm)
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Bianco Luno’s notes on June Stephenson’s Men are Not Cost-Effective

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Editor’s Introduction
“Women and men do not participate equally in crime. The disparity is so extreme, ancient, and immanent that it long ago should have garnered serious attention from philosophers for what it signals about the only two kinds of moral consciousness.” So […]

Stephenson: crime is a masculine statement (II)

Posted by luno in philosophy and sex, rape, Criminality, female criminality, sex differences, male criminality (Saturday November 27, 2010 at 12:23 pm)
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Bianco Luno’s notes on June Stephenson’s Men are Not Cost-Effective

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Law Enforcement
Them, too. The people who protect us: watch out for them. They are cut of the same cloth. Often enough it is firefighters who start fires and policemen who commit violent crimes.
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“Arson is the only crime where the suspect sticks around,” […]

Stephenson: crime is a masculine statement (III)

Posted by luno in Criminality, political philosophy, moral education, female criminality, sex differences, male criminality (Friday November 26, 2010 at 12:25 pm)
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Bianco Luno’s notes on June Stephenson’s Men are Not Cost-Effective

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Conclusions
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Not all men are criminals, but nearly all criminals are men. By a ratio of 94 to 6, men outnumber women in prison, a fact that raises the questions of whether and why crime is a masculine statement. [I wonder why this […]

Baumeister: an apology for men (I)

Posted by luno in rape, philosophy and sex, sex differences, feminism (Wednesday October 6, 2010 at 11:00 am)
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Bianco Luno’s notes on Roy F. Baumeister’s “Is There Anything Good About Men?” (American Psychological Association, Invited Address, 2007)

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Editor’s Introduction
Baumeister intends a corrective to a popular view that favors the qualities of women over men. That view, which usually takes feminist form, arises as a reaction to a history of social and political […]

Baumeister: an apology for men (II)

Posted by luno in philosophy and sex, sex differences, feminism (Wednesday October 6, 2010 at 11:00 am)
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Notes on Roy F. Baumeister’s “Is There Anything Good About Men?” (American Psychological Association, Invited Address, 2007) Part II
Text in black below is from Baumeister’s address. Text in blue is Luno’s commentary, unless otherwise noted.

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Men and Culture
This provides a new basis for understanding gender politics and inequality.
The generally accepted view is that back […]

An orgy of agony

Posted by iaia in misogyny, Richardson, H. H., philosophy and sex, Heterocosmos, feminism, Weininger (Friday April 9, 2010 at 8:08 pm)
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Henry Handel Richardson
and Otto Weininger1
He is always guest in her house. Always hers, always guest.
—Bianco Luno*

My grievance is that in their eyes I count for nothing…
—Clarice Lispector2

The allusions to Otto Weininger in Henry Handel (Ethel Florence Lindesay) Richardson’s 1908 novel Maurice Guest3 have been documented and accompanied with predictable surmises about Weininger’s contribution to the […]

Instructions

Posted by vmunoz in Lispector, suicide, motherhood (Thursday April 8, 2010 at 11:19 am)
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All the agents enjoy many advantages in order to ensure the egg is formed. There is no cause for envy, because even the worst of the conditions imposed on some agents happen to be ideal conditions for the egg. As for the satisfaction of the agents, they receive that, too, without conceit. They quietly savour […]

 
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