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The Daily Emerald: “Bonnie Mann teaches students about philosophy of love”

Associate Professor Bonnie Mann was recently featured in The Daily Emerald’s story, “Bonnie Mann teaches students about philosophy of love”

Each term, it inspires women to break up with their boyfriends. Sexual assault survivors are able to find the courage to tell their stories. Men step forward to discuss struggling with stereotypes of masculinity. These are a few effects Bonnie Mann’s course, the Philosophy of Love and Sex, has on her students. Of all of the courses she teaches, Mann calls the sexuality and intimate relationships philosophy class the most important one. The University of Oregon philosophy professor teaches everything from introductory undergraduate courses to graduate classes, but none, she said, have the same impact as the Philosophy of Love and Sex.

“If I were to step back and ask what class has the most impact on students, it’s that one,” Mann said. “It, I hope, provides a way for philosophy to be of use to folks in their own lives because everyone falls in love, and everyone has to figure out who they are sexually.”

It is because of the universal nature of the subject that the class can affect so many people.

“(Love and sex) is a huge part of what it means to be human,” Mann said. “It’s also a huge part of what it means to be a college student.”

Read the rest of this article at The Daily Emerald.



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