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Swiss philosopher to make “socially acceptable” porn

This has been picked up by a dozen or so news outlets: Alain de Botton, whom the media is calling ‘a Swiss philosopher’, is seeking to revolutionize pornography.

“Ideally, porn would excite our lusts in contexts which also presented other, elevated sides of human nature – in which people were being witty, for instance, or showing kindness, or working hard or being clever – so that our sexual excitement could bleed into, and enhance our respect for these other elements of a good life,” he said.

“No longer would sexuality have to be lumped together with stupidity, brutishness, earnestness and exploutation; it could instead be harnessed to what is noblest in us.”

de Botton has an MPhil from Cambridge and started a Ph.D. at Harvard in French philosophy before dropping out to write books for non-academic audiences.

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