Homosexuality: A Philosophical Inquiry

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Following discussion of homosexuality and its variously suggested explanations, the author moves towards the side of philosophy more concerned with questions of value. Referring to work both of the past and of the present, he asks whether, in any proper sense at all, homosexuality can be said to be a morally or otherwise pernicious form of sexual orientation and behavior. He raises and analyzes the question of whether homosexuality can be said to be a sickness or a disease.

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About the author (1988)

Michael Ruse is the Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Program in the History and Philosophy of Science at Florida State University. Author and editor of numerous books, most recently Darwinism and its Discontents and The Cambridge Companion to the 'Origin of Species' (with Robert Richards), he has been a Herbert Spencer Lecturer at Oxford University, a Gifford Lecturer at the University of Glasgow, and Reynolds Lecturer at Baylor University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the recipient of three honorary degrees.

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