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PAP National Conference 2012
10-12 April 2011
Venue TBA

“Discoursing Human Sexuality: Eros, Ethos, Nous”

Keynote Speakers:

J. Neil C. Garcia
University of the Philippines - Diliman

Fr. Roberto Latorre
University of Asia and the Pacific

Despite the growing literature and its portrayal in various films, the problem of human sexuality, especially here in the Philippines, is an issue that is often met with resistance, curiosity, or even perversion.elusive attitude of Filipinos about sexual matters, results in an ambivalent response to socio-politico-religious matters involving human sexuality, such as the Reproductive Health Bill, where maturity or seriousness of treatment remains wanting.about sex is still profoundly taboo which reflects the Philippine society’s ultraconservative stance towards human sexuality.perhaps, we are just inheritors of the chasm between a liberal stance- and a conservative stance towards human sexuality.

But to censor discourse about human sexuality is to ignore a significant dimension of being human, may that be natural or normative.—as shown by intellectual figures, such as, the Marquis de Sade, Sigmund Freud, Simone de Beauvoir, Julia Kristeva, Jacques Lacan, Luce Irigaray, Kate Millet and Judith Butler—inquiring into human sexuality reveals much of what and who we are as human beings.thematic could be approached through various contexts: philosophical anthropology, feminism, psychology, sociology, politics, law, biology, and even religion.topics explored, or could be explored, range from marriage, procreation, and celibacy to adultery, homosexuality, masturbation, flirtation, seduction, prostitution, pornography, and sexual harassment.

In discoursing human sexuality, there are three basic interconnected trajectories to be explored.the erotic dimension is where the passions of the flesh and the desire for sexual intimacy reveal much of what is human in us. Ethos, the normative dimension, which inquires into the social and political value of sexual activity; it inquires into the goodness, or lack of it, of sexual activity and how the cultivation of one’s sexual life contributes profoundly to the achievement of freedom and happiness.the natural order, the very form of goodness, could also be related to human sexuality, that is to say, human sexuality as the very expression and medium of the order of nature.

With these in mind, we are sending out this Call for Papers to invite you to join us in the next Philosophical Association of the Philippines National Conference with the theme “Discoursing Human Sexuality: Eros, Ethos, Nous,” to be held on April 10-12, 2012. (venue to be announced later)

We welcome paper abstract submissions from academics, graduate students, and independent scholars on the theme outlined above.submit an abstract of not more than 300 words with a tentative outline to Dr. Jove Jim S. Aguas ( on or before February 25, 2012.abstract should be in a Word or RTF file and prepared for blind review, i.e. the name of the author should not appear in the file.attach the file to your email.following author’s details should be indicated in the body of your email: Name and designation of the author, institutional affiliation and position, and title of the abstract.

We look forward to receiving your abstracts soon and we welcome you to yet another exciting PAP National Conference this April!

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