IDEALS OF HUMAN EXCELLENCE AND THE QUESTION OF SEXUALITY: A MORAL INQUIRY
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Keywords

Choice, Law, Morality, Pleasure, Rights, Sexuality.

Abstract

The humanistic turn of philosophy that is linked to the secular cultural and intellectual movement of the renaissance witnessed in the modern era utterly changed the world's perception about humans, and accrues to them some excellence by virtue of their being and existence. Humanism, hence, concerns squarely with the needs, well-being, and interests of the people. The global civilization has made it possible for human and material resources to be committed towards dignifying human beings in recent times. This, perhaps, is traceable to the modern existential aura that pays attention on the uniqueness of each human individual as distinguished from other abstract universal quality. Nonetheless, humanistic philosophy is not short of a system of thought based on the values, characteristics, or behaviour that are adjudged to be best about human beings, rather than on any perceived supernatural authority that merely describe human situations. Consequently, the recent outburst of debates that gives more credence to human autonomy which accrues some unrestricted rights takes a turn from the traditional law of nature, and ostensibly, morals; which paves for sexual revolution the entire world witness in recent times. The article seeks to investigate the extent and veracity of the enormous rights accrue to individuals as autonomous beings, through the humanistic struggles for human decency, which permits some seeming obnoxious tenets of sexuality and other related orientations that flout the existing traditional moral and natural principles.

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