Good Sex: Perspectives on Sexual Ethics / Edition 1

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"There is no other book quite like Good Sex, Belliotti's lively and engaging study of the ethical dimensions of human sexuality. Drawing upon a wide range of disciplines, from history and philosophy to current social criticism, Belliotti takes up the most explosive aspects of his subject and treats them all with good sense and good humor. A splendid book that sets anew standard for work in this area."—James Rachels, author of Created from Animals: The Moral Implications of Darwinism

"This illuminating discussion of sexual ethics combines historical breadth, analytical detail, and practical moral insight. Belliotti offers an impressive synthesis of social and political perspectives, including feminist, conservative, and leftist views. His writing is wonderfully clear, engaging, and thought-provoking. A richly rewarding study!"—Mike W. Martin, author of Self-Deception and Morality

Author Biography: Raymond A. Belliotti, professor of philosophy at the State University of New York at Fredonia, is the author of Seeking Identity: Individualism versus Community in an Ethnic Context and Justifying Law: The Debate over Foundations, Goals, and Methods.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700606054
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 10/28/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Sex and Moral Theory - The Terms of the Debate 1
Pt. I The Western Tradition - Theology, Philosophy, and Passion 13
1 Transcending the Flesh: Dualism and Asceticism 15
2 The Natural Law: Judeo-Christianity 25
3 The Primacy of Emotion: Love and Intimacy 56
4 The Sanctity of Contract and the Horror of Exploitation: Libertarianism and Kantianism 86
Pt. 2 The Leftist Critique - Politics, Economics, and the Depravity of Conventional Wisdom 109
5 The Prostitution in Capitalist Marriage: Marxism 111
6 The Poverty of Contract: Feminist Rejoinders to the Status Quo 126
Pt. 3 In Search of Understanding - Mediating Tensions between Leftist and Mainstream Theories 173
7 Toward Synthesis: Sexuality Morality in Five Tiers 175
8 A Walk on the Wild Side: Bestiality, Necrophilia, Incest, and Prostitution 228
9 Moral Reasoning: Science or Sham? 259
Notes 275
Index 311
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