Chapter 1: Transcending Mortality: Plato's Philosophy and Augustine's Theology.
Chapter 2: Transcending the Void: Sex and Death in Sartre and Beauvoir's Existentialism.
Chapter 3: Eros, Thanatos and the Human Self: Sigmund Freud.
Chapter 4 : Sex and Death in a Meaningless Universe: The Marquis de Sade.
Chapter 5: Living in Accordance with Nature: Seneca.
Conclusion: Sex, Death, and the Meaningful Life.
References and Bibliography.
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