A dazzling treatise, as erudite and eloquent as Simone de
Beauvoir's The Second Sex and considerably more sound in its
conclusion - TLS
"He is an eloquent and practised writer" - The Independent
When John desires Mary or Mary desires John, what does either of
them want? What is meant by innocence, passion, love and arousal,
desire, perversion and shame? These are just a few of the questions
Roger Scruton addresses in this thought-provoking intellectual
adventure. Beginning from purely philosophical premises, and
ranging over human life, art and institutions, he surveys the
entire field of sexuality; equally dissatisfied with puritanism and
permissiveness, he argues for a radical break with recent theories.
Upholding traditional morality - though in terms that may shock
many of its practitioners - his argument gravitates to that which
is candid, serene and consoling in the experience of sexual
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