Sunday, November 18, 2007

Edward Westermarck

Edward Westermarck (1862-1939) was a world-famous Finnish sociologist, anthropologist, and moral philosopher.

From 1907-1930, he was professor in sociology at the London School of Economics.

His most famous works are The History of Human Marriage (1891) and The Origin and Development of Moral Ideas, I-II (1906-1908).

Westermarck demonstrated that homosexuality had occurred throughout the ages and in every part of the world.

He believed that homosexuality was an acceptable form of sexuality.

He argued that Christianity was largely responsible for the false ideas about homosexuality.

Westermarck believed that our sexual tastes are not fixed and that conditioning, for example by the Church, can play a part in shaping our orientation.


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