The Philosophy of Sex: Contemporary Readings

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Alan Soble, Nicholas P. Power
Rowman & Littlefield, 2008 - Health & Fitness - 537 pages
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For three decades, Alan Soble has supplied the authoritative roadmap for students and faculty who study the subject of sex. In this new fifth edition of The Philosophy of Sex, Soble and co-editor Nicholas Power have collected thirty contemporary essays that explore philosophically, conceptually, and theologically the nature, social meanings, and morality of contemporary sexual phenomena. Contributors address myriad topics, including cybersex and the Internet, masturbation, contraception, sexual perversion, gay and lesbian sexuality, same-sex marriage, casual sex and promiscuity, pedophilia, rape and date rape, sexual use and objectification, sexual relationships between teachers and students, pornography, and prostitution. NEW to this edition: Each of the thirty essays is preceded by an informative introduction written by the two editors and each essay is followed by a set of provocative study questions developed by the editors to stimulate critical thinking about sexuality. Contributing authors, some of whom were commissioned for this new edition, include Martha Nussbaum, Thomas Nagel, Alan Goldman, John Finnis, Sallie Tisdale, Jerome Neu, Robin West, Louise Collins, Alan Wertheimer, Greta Christina, John Corvino, Cheshire Calhoun, Raja Halwani, Yolanda Estes, and others. The editors provide a comprehensive bibliography of over 700 philosophical and general readings in sexuality. Intended in part as a textbook for use in university courses in the philosophy of sex, gender, and ethics, the book is also a valuable resource for researchers in sexuality and a reader-friendly introduction to puzzles about sexuality for anyone who enjoys exploring this ubiquitous human experience.
  

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Nicholas Power is associate professor of philosophy at the University of West Florida (in Pensacola, Florida) and has published on the philosophy of science and of mind as well as evolutionary theory. Now teaching courses in the philosophy of sex and love, of science, and of mind, and chairing a department of philosophy and religious studies, he received his dissertation from Temple University, hails originally from Kilkenny, Ireland, the city of Berkeley and Swift, and shares their scatalological outlook. His two daughters, Hannah (b. 1992) and Molly (b. 1998), don't. Alan Soble, who has taught the philosophy of sex and love more than fifty times in his career, is Professor Emeritus and University Research Professor of the University of New Orleans, from which he retired in 2007. Now teaching the philosophy of sex and love, and other courses, as an adjunct at several schools, he is the editor of the 2-volume Sex from Plato to Paglia: A Philosophical Encyclopedia (Greenwood, 2006) and author or editor of another dozen books on sex and love. Some of his journal articles and book chapters have been reprinted abroad, translated into German, Hungarian, Portuguese, French, Italian, and Chinese. After Katrina in August 2005, he and his daughters scattered: Rebecca Jill (b. 1969) has been spending time in the Middle East, mostly in Turkey, while Rachel Emoke (b. 1993) resettled in Milwaukee. Many of Soble's articles and reviews can be found on his web site, http: //fs.uno.edu/asoble, and some of his provocative views about sex and love are expressed in his contributions to Amherst College's question-and-answer web site, AskPhilosophers.org, for which he serves as a panelist.

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