Category:Westermarck, Edvard A.

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Westermarck (1862-1939) was a Swedish-speaking Finnish anthropologist, sociologist and philosopher whose books were written in English and Swedish. In his day he was enormously influential, but has been forgotten in America to such an extent that he was ignored completely in the Encyclopedia of Homosexuality (1990). He had a profound influence on the homosexual research of Stephen Wayne Foster. He wrote several books on marriage and several on Morocco. He divided his time between Finland, England and Morocco. Homosexual himself, he included a fascinating chapter on homosexual love in his book, The Origin and Development of the Moral Ideas (1906). This was included in an anthology, The Making of Man, edited by V. F. Calverton (1931). He was a believer in moral relativism, possibly because this would tend to invalidate the taboo against homosexuality.

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