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The Nature of Sexual Desire (Hardback)
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The Nature of Sexual Desire (Hardback)

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Hardback 232 Pages / Published: 30/08/2004
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Although there has been much discussion about things like the causes, loss, and maintenance of sexual desire, there has been little research into the nature of sexual desire itself. Consequently, most of the discussions on these topics have gone on without any clear idea about what it is that is being discussed. Readers will be interested that at last there is a full-length book that attempts to say what sexual desire is. Further, this book takes an interdisciplinary and intercultural approach, drawing on a wide range of texts and research. Drawing on such diverse sources as psychology, philosophy, and biology, a thorough discussion of sexual desire is presented. Giles starts by showing why sexual desire is an existential problem and then follows with an examination of the nature of desire. From here the sexual process is examined and its relation to sexual desire is explored. This view of sexual desire is then used to explain the nature of romantic love, different orientations in love, and love's relation to sexual desire. It is argued that sexual desire has its roots in desires for vulnerability, care, and the experience of gender.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780275959951
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 240 x 235 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Giles' spiritual understanding of sexual desire and his appreciation for the richness and exquisiteness of sexual interaction will be refreshing for those philosophers and sex therapists who believe that biological and physiological research dehumanize the joys of sexual desire and satisfaction. - Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
This book certainly presents a thoughtful, thorough and critical exploration of the subject matter. The text is not a light read, and this is mainly because so much material is drawn upon and as many questions emerge from the discussion as are answered. The questions raised, however, challenge assumptions and propel the reader to explore right to the very corners of this fascinating subject. This text should be of value to anyone interested in learning more about the human experience. - Sexual and Relationship Therapy
The author supports his views and arguments with interesting examples and factual material, showing his knowledge of both Eastern and Western traditions of thought, and of such diverse sources as psychology, philosophy, anthropology, and biology. - Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology
[T]his book is highly recommendable for undergraduate students in psychology, anthropology, philosophy, communication studies, and women's studies, and an absolute must-read for all graduate students and researchers interested in sexuality and close relationships. - Relationship Research News
"I was impressed by Giles' exploration of the `non-exclusivity of love' (p. 155). He disagrees with many past theorists to argue that it is perfectly possible to love more than one person at a time and states that jealousy is experienced in widely differing ways across time and culture. This perspective fits the stories of many of those in openly non-monogamous relationships better than many academic accounts." - Culture, Health and Sexuality
"Giles (philosophy, U. of Guam) undertakes a Husserlian phenomenological analysis of sexual desire, attempting to separate the universal from the culturally specific. After first attempting to place sexual desire within the 'sexual process' ('the sequence of various experiential, behavioral, and psychological events that often give rise to and accompany human sexual activity'), Giles seeks to identify the essential object of sexual desire. He then turns to an exploration of gender and the meaning it imparts to sexual desire and concludes with a discussion of the relationship between sexual desire and love." - Book News

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