Dealing with Desire

in Erotic Attunement

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780226811383
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226811376 | DOI:
Dealing with Desire

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This chapter argues that an adequate theology of embodied relationship entails spirituality for embodied love requires embodied training. It analyzes the contributions of feminist ethics and professional ethics that might lead to an ethic of eroticism that preserves a safe space for child development. Concupiscence was the human tendency to desire what seems good. Desire was an important element of life, a sensor or a compass for detecting goods. Attunement corrected recent decades' focus on sensual and sexual self-expression (sex as “speech”) by putting equal emphasis on sensual and sexual listening. Because the issues influence children too young to advocate for themselves, supportive bystanders must insist on conversation. Otherwise, no motion is possible. This discussion of sensual desire does not give a satisfactory description of desire or justification for desiring a less powerful person, and it does not provide suggestions toward objective guidelines for managing such desire.

Keywords: feminist ethics; professional ethics; eroticism; child development; concupiscence; sensual desire; attunement; desire

Chapter.  9008 words. 

Subjects: Ethical Issues and Debates

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