Modern Reasoning in Michael Levin’s “Why Homosexuality is Abnormal”

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Modern Reasoning in Michael Levin’s “Why Homosexuality is Abnormal”
Part 1: Article Analysis
Michael Levin’s “Why Homosexuality is Abnormal” argues that homosexuality is abnormal largely for teleological reasons: in other words, there is a way in which nature intends certain body parts to be used, and any violation of this way is both abnormal and guaranteed to visit unhappiness upon the perpetrator. The missing premises of the argument are explored more thoroughly in the critical essay; however, in brief, they are: nature is teleological (purpose-driven); and happiness is instrumental (attached to specific uses of specific body parts). This article analysis will discuss two of Levin’s main concepts—the teleology of biology, the...
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.....that most people already use most of their organs for conventional purposes. For these two reasons, the soundness of Levin’s argument is seriously in question.
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