The Philosophy of Sex: Contemporary Readings

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2002 - Philosophy - 513 pages
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Just what is normal sexual behavior? What is the role of fantasy in our sexual lives? How can we tell the difference between sexual harassment and actions that are simply in poor taste? Is there really any harm in looking at pornography? And is there a way to reconcile Christian faith with homosexual practice? People have been asking these questions for a long time, but there is still widespread disagreement among those who have proposed answers. In the fourth edition of The Philosophy of Sex, distinguished philosophers and social critics confront a variety of issues, including prostitution, adultery, masturbation, homosexuality, and the different attitudes men and women have about sex. Alan Soble has taught and written about the philosophy of sex and love since 1976. Once again he carefully collects the most innovative and exciting new pieces in his area of expertise and blends them with the field's most seminal contemporary writings. The fourth edition, the most comprehensive to date, still includes historically important essays by Thomas Nagel, Robert Solomon, Janice Moulton, Robert Gray, and Alan Goldman. To these solid foundations, Soble has added a new section on Kant and sex, as well as new essays by Michael E. Levin, Cheshire Calhoun, Irving Singer, and Pat Califia. Soble has also penned a new introductory essay, "The Fundamentals of the Philosophy of Sex," designed to ease students into, and provoke them about, the subject matter.
 

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Contents

ARE WE HAVING SEX NOW OR WHAT?
3
SEXUAL PERVERSION
9
SEXUAL PARADIGMS
21
SEXUAL BEHAVIOR ANOTHER POSITION
31
PLAIN SEX
39
SEX AND SEXUAL PERVERSION
57
MASTURBATION CONCEPTUAL AND ETHICAL MATTERS
67
PART 2 HOMOSEXUALITY
95
THE MORALITY OF SEX CONTRA KANT
259
PART 5 RAPE AND HARASSMENT
273
IS THIS SEXUAL HARASSMENT?
275
SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN THE LAW THE DEMARCATION PROBLEM
283
HOW BAD IS RAPE?
303
THE HARMS OF CONSENSUAL SEX
317
ANTIOCHS SEXUAL OFFENSE POLICY A PHILOSOPHICAL EXPLORATION
323
CONSENT AND SEXUAL RELATIONS
341

IS HOMOSEXUAL CONDUCT WRONG? A PHILOSOPHICAL EXCHANGE
97
AGAINST HOMOSEXUAL LIBERATION
103
A CHRISTIAN HOMOSEXUALITY?
127
HOMOSEXUALITY THE NATURE AND HARM ARGUMENTS
135
DEFENDING MARRIAGE
147
PART 3 ABORTION
175
ABORTION AND THE SEXUAL AGENDA A CASE FOR PROLIFE FEMINISM
177
ABORTION IS A WOMAN A PERSON?
191
PART 4 KANT AND SEX
197
DUTIES TOWARDS THE BODY IN RESPECT OF SEXUAL IMPULSE
199
SEXUAL MORALITY AND THE CONCEPT OF USING ANOTHER PERSON
207
SEXUAL USE AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT INTERNALIST AND EXTERNALIST SEXUAL ETHICS
225
PART 6 PORNOGRAPHY AND PROSTITUTION
367
TALK DIRTY TO ME
369
OBJECTIFICATION
381
PORNOGRAPHY AND THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
421
SHOULD FEMINISTS OPPOSE PROSTITUTION?
435
WHATS WRONG WITH PROSTITUTION?
451
WHORING IN UTOPIA
475
SUGGESTED READINGS
483
INDEX
501
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS
509
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Alan Soble is professor of philosophy at the University of New Orleans.

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