Philosophy of Love and SexEssay Professor- Bradley RichardsStudent Name- Sai MadalaStudent Number- 500526214Distance Education ClassDue Date- July 16th, 2016
1 | P a g eNagel in his article “Sexual Perversion”primarilyfocuses on the issue of sexual perversion. In hiswritinghe made a clear distinction between natural and unnatural sex.He offeredus with askeletal of complete sexual relationship and used this todescribesexual perversion. Heeducatedthe readers that sexual perversion lacks mutual recognition which results in not fully completing the sexual relationshipmodel. This paper will clearly explain Nagel's theories and will focus on the merits of his philosophy. It will also attempt to convince the reader that the author's ideas are valid. It will finally suggest some alternative possibilities to thewriter's theory. According to Nagel sexual desire is similar to appetites such as hunger and thirst. He says sexual desire is also one such physical desire which needs to be satisfied. The satisfaction this appetite gives is what counts the most as it is important tocalm the sexual desire one possesses. Nagel also states clearly in his writing that there is no natural method or way to satisfy this appetite or desire. Even though one might want this desire to be satisfied in different ways Nagel says it is nothing but just a matterof personal preference.Nagel goes on to explain that all human activities including eating involve two main elements. A psychological element he called psychological complex. Psychologicalcomplex is nothing but a method we use psychologically to relate to the "external world". Second there has to be no restrictions to the act of eating as it is crucial to the survival of human beings.
2 | P a g eNagel claims that there is also a psychological complex in the context of sex as response to sexual inclination. Nagel has named this complex reflexive mutual recognition. Nagel uses the example of most famous romantic couple Romeo and Juliet to explain the concept of reflexive mutual recognition.