Philosophy and Sex / Edition 4

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This classic sourcebook, which has for three decades helped thousands rethink their views of ethics and human sexuality, is all new and totally revised for the challenges of the 21st century.

Featuring essays on adultery, monogamy, perversion, homosexuality, pederasty, sex without love, sexual equality and more, Philosophy and Sex retains its uniqueness and accessibility without compromising quality and versatility. New to this fourth edition are essays on the legalization of same-sex marriage in Massachusetts and in South Africa (including a piece on homosexuality and Apartheid by Desmond Tutu), the historical stigmatization of unmarried women ("On Spinsters"), intersexuality, female sexuality and the Vagina Monologues, male and female circumcision, and much more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591026099
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 4/22/2008
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 500
  • Sales rank: 1,034,904
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert B. Baker (Schenectady, NY) is the William D. Williams Professor of Philosophy at Union College as well as director and professor of bioethics in the Union Graduate College-Mount Sinai School of Medicine Bioethics Program. He has authored, co-authored, edited or co-edited several books and government reports, including the award-winning American Medical Ethics Revolution.

Kathleen J. Wininger (Portland, ME) is associate professor of philosophy and women and gender studies at the University of Southern Maine and is the author of Nietzsche’s Reclamation of Philosophy. She has published articles on moral theory, African philosophy, film interpretation, and various aspects of Nietzsche's philosophy.

The late Frederick Elliston, co-editor of the first edition, taught philosophy at Trinity College, York University, Union College, and the University of Hawaii.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Third Edition 11
Introduction to the First Edition 17
Pt. 1 Love, Marriage, and Reproduction
1 Love: A Feminist Critique 43
2 Love and Feminism 57
3 In Defense of Promiscuity 73
4 The Purpose of Sex 91
5 Humanae Vitae 96
6 Declaration on Certain Questions concerning Sexual Ethics 106
7 Marriage, Love, and Procreation 116
8 Marital Faithfulness 130
9 Is Adultery Immoral? 139
10 Adultery and Fidelity 151
11 Sexual Ontology and Group Marriage 165
12 Is It Wrong to Discriminate on the Basis of Homosexuality? 177
13 The Case for Gay Marriage 190
14 Same-Sex Marriage: A Philosophical Defense 212
15 A Defense of Abortion 231
16 On the Moral and Legal Status of Abortion 246
17 Abortion, Infanticide, and the Asymmetric Value of Human Life 261
Pt. 2 Gender, Sexuality, and Perversion
18 "Pricks" and "Chicks": A Plea for "Persons" 281
19 Linguistic Sexes and Genders 306
20 Where Is She in Language? 311
21 The Man without a Penis: Libidinal Economies That Recognize the Hypernature of Gender 318
22 Sexual Perversion 326
23 Why Homosexuality Is Abnormal 337
24 An Essay on "Paederasty" 350
25 Pathologizing Homosexuality 365
26 Essentialism and Constructionism in Sexual Orientation 383
27 Taking Responsibility for Sexuality 397
28 Domain 405
29 Is There a History of Sexuality? 413
30 Sexual Matters: On Conceptualizing Sexuality in History 432
31 Sex and the Logic of Late Capitalism 449
32 Conceptual History and Conceptions of Perversion 476
33 Making Up People 487
34 Dangerous Pleasures: Foucault and the Politics of Pedophilia 500
Pt. 3 Desire, Pornography, and Rape
35 Patriarchal Sex 533
36 This Sex Which Is Not One 549
37 Why Do Men Enjoy Pornography? 556
38 Surviving Sexual Violence: A Philosophical Perspective 567
39 What's Wrong with Rape 583
40 Men in Groups: Collective Responsibility for Rape 594
41 The Rape Crisis, or "Is Dating Dangerous?" 611
42 Is Rape Sex or Violence? Conceptual Issues and Implications 621
43 The Antioch College Sexual Offense Prevention Policy 640
44 The Antioch Policy, a Community Experiment in Communicative Sexuality 661
List of Contributors 669
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