The Philosophy of Sex: Contemporary Readings

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Now in its third edition, this fascinating book illustrates how a philosophical approach to sexuality can shed light on various sexual phenomena, such as pornography, prostitution, sadomasochism, homosexuality, masturbation, sexual perversion, and adultery. A definitive work on a provocative topic. 392 pp.
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Overview

Now in its third edition, this fascinating book illustrates how a philosophical approach to sexuality can shed light on various sexual phenomena, such as pornography, prostitution, sadomasochism, homosexuality, masturbation, sexual perversion, and adultery. A definitive work on a provocative topic. 392 pp.
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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.
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)
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.
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
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847684816
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Edition description: 3rd Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.92 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: The Fundamentals of the Philosophy of Sex
Pt. 1 Conceptual Analysis
1 Are We Having Sex Now or What? 3
2 Sexual Perversion 9
3 Sexual Paradigms 21
4 Sexual Behavior: Another Position 31
5 Plain Sex 39
6 Sex and Sexual Perversion 57
7 Masturbation: Conceptual and Ethical Matters 67
Pt. 2 Homosexuality
8 Is Homosexual Conduct Wrong? A Philosophical Exchange 97
9 Against Homosexual Liberation 103
10 A Christian Homosexuality? 127
11 Homosexuality: The Nature and Harm Arguments 135
12 Defending Marriage 147
Pt. 3 Abortion
13 Abortion and the Sexual Agenda: A Case for Prolife Feminism 177
14 Abortion: Is a Woman a Person? 191
Pt. 4 Kant and Sex
15 Duties towards the Body in Respect of Sexual Impulse 199
16 Sexual Morality and the Concept of Using Another Person 207
17 Sexual Use and What to Do about It: Internalist and Externalist Sexual Ethics 225
18 The Morality of Sex: Contra Kant 259
Pt. 5 Rape and Harassment
19 Is This Sexual Harassment? 275
20 Sexual Harassment in the Law: The Demarcation Problem 283
21 How Bad Is Rape? 303
22 The Harms of Consensual Sex 317
23 Antioch's "Sexual Offense Policy": A Philosophical Exploration 323
24 Consent and Sexual Relations 341
Pt. 6 Pornography and Prostitution
25 Talk Dirty to Me 369
26 Objectification 381
27 Pornography and the Social Sciences 421
28 Should Feminists Oppose Prostitution? 435
29 What's Wrong with Prostitution? 451
30 Whoring in Utopia 475
Suggested Readings 483
Index 501
About the Contributors 509
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