In the context of sexual science, Humboldt’s premise that the intellectual activity of human beings cannot be separated from their „sensual nature“ was first taken up by Havelock Ellis in his „Studies in the Psychology of Sex,“ and later furthered by Sigmund Freud in his „Abhandlungen zur Sexualtheorie.“ Iwan Bloch, the programmatic founder and name-giver of sexual science, referred directly to Humboldt.
In today’s sexual medicine, the clinical area of application of sexual science, Humboldt’s approach can play a central role. Sexual medical diagnostics and treatment are based on a bio-pyscho-social approach to sexual disorders and on a „dialogue model“ which Humboldt anticipated in his study of language. This model can be applied to sexual communication and is the focus of sexual-therapeutic interventions which proceed from the complementary bond of the partners as a means of improving their sexual and general satisfaction.
A foundation obligated to a scientific legacy initiated by Humboldt with his paradigmatic understanding of human nature as based in sexuality is duty bound to unlimited openness vis-à-vis all related spiritual, physical and social processes.