The Philosophy of Viagra

The first book of philosophical essays in years with a shot at being advertised on the evening news asks what big questions are posed by society's acceptance and men's use of Viagra. 

The Philosophy of Viagra

What's the Latest Development?


A Dutch scholarly press will publish the industry's first philosophical essays on Viagra. The book, The Philosophy of Viagra: Bioethical Responses to the Viagrification of the Modern World is a serious work that stays away from the jokes often tossed into pop-cultural excursions. "The 15 essays offer smart, wide-ranging perspectives on how Viagra gives rise to classic philosophical concerns, and why it shouldn't be allowed to 'render masculinity as a mere problem of chemical engineering, plumbing and hydraulics.'" In addition to contemporary thinking, some essays ask how classical philosophers would have responded to the Blue Pill.

What's the Big Idea?

What are some of the classical philosophical questions raised by society's acceptance and men's use of Viagra? "Does Viagra facilitate desire (the view of Pfizer’s scientists), or create it? What is 'natural' in sexual life? If, before the discovery of Viagra, it was nature’s course to diminish sexual power in men once their peak reproductive fitness had passed, is it 'unnatural' to change that aspect of senior-citizen life through drugs? Or is drug-assisted virility simply better living through chemistry—like raising life expectancy from 45 to 75?"

Archaeologists discover 3,200-year-old cheese in ancient Egyptian tomb

A team of archaeologists has discovered 3,200-year-old cheese after analyzing artifacts found in an ancient Egyptian tomb. It could be the oldest known cheese sample in the world.

The broken jar in which the white mass of cheese was found. (Photo: University of Catania and Cairo University)
Culture & Religion

Keep reading Show less

Modern society is as unequal as 14th century Europe

As bad as this sounds, a new essay suggests that we live in a surprisingly egalitarian age.

"Philosophy Presenting the Seven Liberal Arts to Boethius"

Getty Open Content
Politics & Current Affairs
  • A new essay depicts 700 years of economic inequality in Europe.
  • The only stretch of time more egalitarian than today was the period between 1350 to approximately the year 1700.
  • Data suggest that, without intervention, inequality does not decrease on its own.
Keep reading Show less

You are suffering from “tab overload”

Our love-hate relationship with browser tabs drives all of us crazy. There is a solution.

Photo by Anna Shvets from Pexels
Technology & Innovation
  • A new study suggests that tabs can cause people to be flustered as they try to keep track of every website.
  • The reason is that tabs are unable to properly organize information.
  • The researchers are plugging a browser extension that aims to fix the problem.
Keep reading Show less
Personal Growth

Epicurus and the atheist's guide to happiness

Seek pleasure and avoid pain. Why make it more complicated?

Quantcast