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Andrew Bissell

Love, Lust, and the Mind-Body Dichotomy

Love, Lust, and the Mind-Body Dichotomy

Question: How does Objectivism define and classify sexual desire and lust? It seems they do not actually flow from convictions, but instead have a biological basis. Since sex is a large part of an individual’s self-identity, what role do sexual desires and actions play in an Objectivist's life? Doesn't sexual desire undermine the whole Randian theory of mind-body synergy?