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"Pleasures," especially sexual ones, "impede wise thinking," said Aristotle, "for while these last no one can think of anything."' In Sex and Reason, Judge Richard A. Posner invested 442 pages to argue, contra Aristotle, that even during sexual absorption humans behave rationally, choosing sexual strategies that optimally fit their desires and goals. Sex and Reason was vigorously criticized in the law reviews, but even Posner's most severe critics showed little sympathy for Aristotle's viewpoint.
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