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date: 24 June 2021

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This chapter argues that sex and love are quite different from each other. Sepicifically, it argues that sexual desire is different kind of entity from romantic love, especially when the latter is understood as the settled abiding commitment between long-term partners. It also explores the normative connections (moral permissibility, obligation, and supererogation) between non-romantic forms of love—friendship, familial, and agapic love—and sexual desire, as this is an under-researched area. Furthermore, the essay argues that sexual desire’s goals clash with the goals of many forms of love because the goal of sexual desire is self-interested whereas those of love are not.

Keywords: familial love, friendship love, love of humanity, robust concern, romantic love, sexual activity, sexual desire, sexual obligations, sexual pleasure, sexual supererogation

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