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If a truthful description of your thought is precisely like the truthful description of my thought, we have the same thought, we are thinking the same thing. There is only one thought. The same goes for feelings, whether 22 RONALD SUTER they be emotions or sensations: if your feeling and mine both have exactly the same characteristics, we have the very same feeling. There is not another sense of “same feeling” (“same thought” or “same belief”) in which we have numerically different feelings (thoughts, or beliefs).
This view also grounds a link between sexual exclusivity and romantic love, and construes sexual activity as inappropriate between friends. Harvard philosopher Robert Nozick presents a concept of a we, the development of which he views as the natural fruition of romantic love. Nozick says, “However and whenever infatuation begins, if given the opportunity it transforms itself into continuing romantic love or else it disappears. With this continuing romantic love, it feels to the two people that they are united to form and constitute a new entity in the world, what might be called a we” (Nozick, 1989, p.
Fiedler. New York: Harper and Row. Five THE MORALITY OF TEENAGE SEX AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR SEX EDUCATION Robert Van Wyk 1. Introduction In an earlier paper, I discussed sex education in the public schools from the point of view of the legitimate interests of the parents and the state. I argued that value-free sex education is an illusion, that both the state and parents have a legitimate interest in the value-content of sex education, and that the only way of recognizing all of these interests is through programs in which the parents and the local community participate fully in the design of such a program (Van Wyk, 1993).