This lecture by Professor David Halperin examines if sex has any erotic purpose? The greatest philosophers of classical antiquity say “no.” Halperin examines arguments which offer a serious challenge to modern interpretations of love, including but not limited to psychoanalytic interpretations, that understand love in sexual terms and that view all erotic desire as an expression of sexuality. Halperin argues that some contemporary gay male writing represents a singular effort to work through the confusions and the anguish that the modern sexualization of erotic desire has bequeathed to us. A reception will follow shortly after his talk.
David Halperin is professor of the history and theory of sexuality at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is an American theorist in the fields of sexuality studies, queer theory, and lesbian/gay history and the cofounder of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. His publications include How to Be Gay (2012), How to Do the History of Homosexuality (2002), and Saint Foucault: Towards a Gay Hagiography (1995).
This event is cosponsored by CLAGS. Visit the City College of New York website for more information.