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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.
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