James is a philosopher and psychologist and Lecturer in the University of Cambridge Institute for Continuing Education. He has taught at several universities in different countries. Giles' writings on philosophical psychology, metaphysics, and human relationships, are widely discussed. He is best known for his version of the no-self theory of personal identity, the vulnerability and care theory of love, and the theory of sexual desire as an existential need and he has authored The Nature of Sexual Desire. Giles' works are typically interdisciplinary and intercultural, drawing on such areas as philosophy, psychology, anthropology, and biology, while exploring their expression in different cultures. Only through such an approach, argues Giles, can we hope to understand the human condition.
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