Philosophy of Sex: Contemporary Readings / Edition 4

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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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Editorial Reviews

Sexualities
This is a significant and timely book. It is a book for everyone—certainly for teachers, students of philosophy of sexuality, and anyone interested in the large questions that bear on the nature of sexuality. The Philosophy of Sex: Contemporary Readings appears to be the best collection of essays about the philosophy of sex ever published.
John Kleinig
Few have done more to raise the level of philosophical interest in sex than Alan Soble. This fourth edition of The Philosophy of Sex testifies to the continuing vitality of philosophical endeavor in this area—a balanced, diverse, and provocative set of readings complemented by an excellent topical bibliography.
Essays In Philosophy - Randy Cagle
Impressively, he [Alan Soble] has constructed a unique and eminently useful anthology rigorous enough to appeal both to philosophers and philosophy majors as well as accessible enough to serve students encountering philosophy for the first time. Soble’s book is pedagogically very good, able to interest both the philosophically trained as well as introductory-level students—I have found it superb for my department’s upper-division general education Philosophy of Sex and Love course—and is thus highly recommended.
Richard D. Mohr
With both classic and cutting-edge essays, The Philosophy of Sex, Fourth Edition is the perfect gateway to the expanding field of sexuality studies.
Booknews
Revising about a quarter of the last edition, Soble (philosophy, U. of New Orleans) presents 30 readings, constituting a survey of philosophical musings on sex, sexuality, and sexual morality. Designed to serve as an introductory survey text for undergraduate courses, the text includes readings that frequently disagree in analysis and theoretical basis. The volume is organized into six sections addressing conceptual analysis, homosexuality, abortion, Kant and sex, rape and harassment, and pornography and prostitution. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Essays In Philosophy
Impressively, he [Alan Soble] has constructed a unique and eminently useful anthology rigorous enough to appeal both to philosophers and philosophy majors as well as accessible enough to serve students encountering philosophy for the first time. Soble’s book is pedagogically very good, able to interest both the philosophically trained as well as introductory-level students—I have found it superb for my department’s upper-division general education Philosophy of Sex and Love course—and is thus highly recommended.
— Randy Cagle, Humboldt State University
CHOICE
Praise for earlier editions: . . . provocative yet easily comprehensible . . .
Philosophical Investigations
Profitable for anyone philosophically interested in sex or language.
Essays In Philosophy: A Biannual Journal
Impressively, he [Soble] has constructed a unique and eminently useful anthology rigorous enough to appeal both to philosophers and philosophy majors as well as accessible enough to serve students encountering philosophy for the first time.
Soble’s book is pedagogically very good, able to interest both the philosophically trained as well as introductory-level students and is thus highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742513464
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 5.85 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Soble is professor of philosophy at the University of New Orleans.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Introduction: The Fundamentals of the Philosophy of Sex Part 2 Conceptual Analysis Chapter 3 Are We Having Sex Now or What? Chapter 4 Sexual Perversion Chapter 5 Sexual Paradigms Chapter 6 Sexual Behavior: Another Position Chapter 7 Plain Sex Chapter 8 Sex and Sexual Perversion Chapter 9 Masturbation: Conceptual and Ethical Matters Part 10 Homosexuality Chapter 11 Is Homosexual Conduct Wrong? A Philosophical Exchange Chapter 12 Against Homosexual Liberation Chapter 13 A Christian Homosexuality? Chapter 14 Homosexuality: The Nature and Harm Arguments Chapter 15 Defending Marriage Part 16 Abortion Chapter 17 Abortion and the Sexual Agenda: A Case for Prolife Feminism Chapter 18 Abortion: Is a Woman a Person? Part 19 Kant and Sex Chapter 20 Duties towards the Body in Respect of Sexual Impulse Chapter 21 Sexual Moraility and the Concept of Using Another Person Chapter 22 Sexual Use and What to Do about It: Internalist and Externalist Sexual Ethics Chapter 23 The Morality of Sex: Contra Kant Part 24 Rape and Harassment Chapter 25 Is This Sexual Harassment? Chapter 26 Sexual Harassment in the Law: The Demarcation Problem Chapter 27 How Bad is Rape? Chapter 28 The Harms of Consensual Sex Chapter 29 Antioch's Sexual Offense Policy: A Philosophical Exploration Chapter 30 Consent and Sexual Relations Part 31 Pornography and Prostitution Chapter 32 Talk Dirty to Me Chapter 33 Objectification Chapter 34 Pornography and the Social Sciences Chapter 35 Should Feminists Oppose Prostitution? Chapter 36 What's Wrong with Prostitution? Chapter 37 Whoring in Utopia Chapter 38 Suggested Readings

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