Gay History and Philosophy

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    Mar 13, 2011 2:34 PM GMT
    I wonder if any of you have thoughts on whether there is a "gay" approach to philosophy or history? I am not talking about LGTB studies in the common sense, or queer theory as such, though obviously they can be related.

    What I ask is whether being gay has any personal impact--however slight--on the way you view philosophy or history--in general or specific. For example, do you find your interest in a philosophical system, or attraction to a specific historical issue or era, influenced by your experiences as a gay man?
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    Mar 13, 2011 7:09 PM GMT
    I don't think being gay necessarily affects how you think about history in general. Now, as for specific incidents, maybe. Like when HItler rounded up gays and put them in concentration camps,like Jews, it tends to hit home.
    Beng gay can't but help influence your philosophical outlook on life. I think a lot of gays like Buddhism and Taoism for some reason. Maybe for Buddhism because it stresses living in the here and now, rather than hoping for rewards later.
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    Mar 13, 2011 7:16 PM GMT
    Well we can start with Greek mythology or sexuality, same thing! hahahahicon_lol.gif
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    Mar 13, 2011 7:35 PM GMT
    I think people turn to Eastern religion for a philosophy that avoids the often hostile Abrahamic religious responses or backgrounds. (Though several denominations are affirming in Christianity, i.e. Episcopalian, etc.)

    And Greek history is always fun, lol.
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    Mar 13, 2011 7:37 PM GMT
    Nurturally saidI think people turn to Eastern religion for a philosophy that avoids the often hostile Abrahamic religious responses or backgrounds. (Though several denominations are affirming in Christianity, i.e. Episcopalian, etc.)

    And Greek history is always fun, lol.


    You do realize that it was the Arabs that protected Greek Mythology after their demise, right?
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    Mar 13, 2011 8:02 PM GMT
    Actually, much of Greek learning in general was preserved by the Caliphate in the House of Wisdom and its spinoffs. Jewish and Muslim scholars working together to study Classical works which were then spread to the Christian world via places like Spain and Italy.

    800s to 1200s Al-Khwarizmi (algebra), Al-Kindi, Avicenna (Ibn Sina) and Averroes (Ibn Rushd) the giants of intellectual thought. Jews like Maimonides and Christians like St. Thomas Aquinas got much from this culture. A flowering of civilizations.
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    Mar 13, 2011 8:07 PM GMT
    Penn State has a queer studies class. I'm not sure if they have any sort of a major, but they offer masters through their LGBT center where you could inquire.
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    Mar 13, 2011 8:07 PM GMT
    Nurturally saidActually, much of Greek learning in general was preserved by the Caliphate in the House of Wisdom and its spinoffs. Jewish and Muslim scholars working together to study Classical works which were then spread to the Christian world via places like Spain and Italy.

    800s to 1200s Al-Khwarizmi (algebra), Al-Kindi, Avicenna (Ibn Sina) and Averroes (Ibn Rushd) the giants of intellectual thought. Jews like Maimonides and Christians like St. Thomas Aquinas got much from this culture. A flowering of civilizations.


    Isn't it strange how the Truth shows up through the most amazing places? I adore Christ, even as someone that reads Buddhism, I still adore Christ philosophy above all others.
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    Mar 13, 2011 8:19 PM GMT
    Thanks, Bluey. I was thinking more on terms of people's personal approach to these subjects. The problem with "studies" is that they can get somewhat...insulated or even isolated from other disciplines.

    Do you find you have a philosophical outlook influenced by your orientation?
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    Mar 13, 2011 8:25 PM GMT
    Nurturally saidThanks, Bluey. I was thinking more on terms of people's personal approach to these subjects. The problem with "studies" is that they can get somewhat...insulated or even isolated from other disciplines.

    Do you find you have a philosophical outlook influenced by your orientation?


    ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT HOW GAY AFFECTS PHILOSOPHY TODAY???? Of course it does... Try reading some Ernest Holmes the greatest and most worldly religious philosopher of our day and age... You won't feel deprived when it comes to Truth after reading him even as a gay man.
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    Mar 13, 2011 8:25 PM GMT
    Nope