Philosophy of Sex and Love

Philosophy of Sex and Love

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by Alan Soble
     
 
This is an introductory textbook in the philosophy of sex and love by one of America’s best known authors on the topic. It is a critical overview of the nature, and the ethics, of sex and love. Most of the book focuses how 20th-century thinkers in various intellectual traditions have conceived of sexuality and love. Throughout, the book’s approach to the

Overview

This is an introductory textbook in the philosophy of sex and love by one of America’s best known authors on the topic. It is a critical overview of the nature, and the ethics, of sex and love. Most of the book focuses how 20th-century thinkers in various intellectual traditions have conceived of sexuality and love. Throughout, the book’s approach to the philosophy of sex and love is analytic, historical, and social.



Topics addressed include the nature of sexual pleasure, sexual desire, and sexual activity; the relationship between judgments about the biological, psychological, and social natures of human beings and judgments that certain sexual behaviors or desires are sexually perverted; the possibility of constructing plausible and comprehensive principles of sexual ethics; the moral and social issues of rape, Pornography, prostitution, adultery, promiscuity, masturbation, abortion, and contraception; the varieties and forms of love; the connections, logical and psychological, among sexuality, love, friendship, and marriage; and how issues within the philosophy of sex and love look different once gender is taken into account.



Authors discussed include, from the history of philosophy, Plato, Aristotle, Paul, Augustine, Aquinas, Kant, Hume, Kierkegaard, and Russell; and, from among our contemporaries, Andrea Dworkin, Catharine MacKinnon, Michel Foucault, Carol Gilligan, Martha Nussbaum, Lillian Rubin, and Roger Scruton.

Editorial Reviews

Choice - Book Reviewer
"Humorous, thought-provoking, well written, and completely jargon-free, it is accessible to any interested reader who wants to think more about these issues.... Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower- and upper-level undergraduates; general readers."
Lancaster University - David Archard
"Alan Soble's new book is a wonderfully rich, engaging, humane, witty, literate but above all philosophically rigorous study of love and sex. It offers an impeccably fair-minded and comprehensive guide to what is now an extensive and very varied philosophical literature on these subjects. Soble provides a judicious and intelligent appraisal of the many claims made about gender, sexual perversion, marriage, and eternal love by a long and not always distinguished line of conservatives, liberals, a
Witchita State University - Jeffrey Herschfield
"The work of Alan Soble has always been known for its deft analysis , first-rate scholarship, and wry humor. The second edition of his Philosophy of Sex and Love is no exception. It is an excellent pedagogical tool: engagingly written, closely argued, and broad of scope. The book achieves the rare distinction of being both a fine textbook and an admirable piece of philosophical writing."
University of Waterloo - Patricia Marino
"The Philosophy of Sex and Love is an excellent introduction to an important subject. Alan Soble provides insightful and fair critical commentary on a wide range of scholars and topics, and also presents many of his own views and arguments. The writing is clear, lively, occasionally opinionated, and often funny. The book is particularly appropriate for undergraduate level courses, but readers at al levels will find it informative and pleasurable reading."
Theological Studies - Edward Vacek, S.J.
“Soble, who for almost two decades has been a leader in philosophical work on sex and love, critiques some of the silly, strained, and strange views put forth by major authors on these areas. From his critique, it becomes clear that careful reflection on these basic elements of human life is very difficult.... Soble not only critiques both naturalistic ethicists and social constructionists, but also shows how the criteria of Kantian respect and Utilitarian harm fail to produce a plausible

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013820524
Publisher:
Paragon House Publishers
Publication date:
12/29/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,198,704
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

ALAN SOBLE, Ph.D., has taught "Philosophy of Sex and Love" as an undergraduate course over 50 times during his academic career. He has written three scholarly books on sexuality and one devoted to love as well as edited numerous teaching anthologies and an encyclopedia to be used in philosophy of sex and love courses. Dr. Soble is founder of The Society for the Philosophy of Sex and Love. He now teaches at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

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