Philosophy of Sex: Contemporary Readings, 5th Edition

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9780742547988: Philosophy of Sex: Contemporary Readings, 5th Edition

This book's thirty essays explore philosophically the nature and morality of sexual perversion, cybersex, masturbation, homosexuality, contraception, same-sex marriage, promiscuity, pedophilia, date rape, sexual objectification, teacher-student relationships, pornography, and prostitution. Authors include Martha Nussbaum, Thomas Nagel, Alan Goldman, John Finnis, Sallie Tisdale, Robin West, Alan Wertheimer, John Corvino, Cheshire Calhoun, Jerome Neu, and Alan Soble, among others. A valuable resource for sex researchers as well as undergraduate courses in the philosophy of sex.

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About the Author:

Nicholas Power is associate professor of philosophy at the University of West Florida (in Pensacola, Florida) and has published on the philosophy of science and of mind as well as evolutionary theory. Now teaching courses in the philosophy of sex and love, of science, and of mind, and chairing a department of philosophy and religious studies, he received his dissertation from Temple University, hails originally from Kilkenny, Ireland, the city of Berkeley and Swift, and shares their scatalological outlook. His two daughters, Hannah (b. 1992) and Molly (b. 1998), don't. Alan Soble, who has taught the philosophy of sex and love more than fifty times in his career, is Professor Emeritus and University Research Professor of the University of New Orleans, from which he retired in 2007. Now teaching the philosophy of sex and love, and other courses, as an adjunct at several schools, he is the editor of the 2-volume Sex from Plato to Paglia: A Philosophical Encyclopedia (Greenwood, 2006) and author or editor of another dozen books on sex and love. Some of his journal articles and book chapters have been reprinted abroad, translated into German, Hungarian, Portuguese, French, Italian, and Chinese. After Katrina in August 2005, he and his daughters scattered: Rebecca Jill (b. 1969) has been spending time in the Middle East, mostly in Turkey, while Rachel Emoke (b. 1993) resettled in Milwaukee. Many of Soble's articles and reviews can be found on his web site, http://fs.uno.edu/asoble, and some of his provocative views about sex and love are expressed in his contributions to Amherst College's question-and-answer web site, AskPhilosophers.org, for which he serves as a panelist.

Review:

This seminal collection of classic and contemporary essays reveals sex for what it is ― philosophically interesting and very important. It forces sex and philosophy out of the closet where it engages freely, licitly, and seriously with normative ethics, metaphysics and issues in social and political philosophy. It is not all you want to know, or not know, about sex (even cybersex), but it's a great start and sure to raise your temperature. (Michael Levine, The University of Western Australia)

The leading textbook in the field has just gotten better ― reorganized, friendlier, updated, and with a goldmine of resource options. No one knows the field better than Soble, and he has been ably supported in this revision by someone who teaches in the field. (John Kleinig, professor of philosophy, John Jay College of Criminal Justice)

Still the best anthology on the market, Soble's The Philosophy of Sex in its new 5th edition has been somewhat thematically simplified into four sections which more clearly reveal the interconnections between topics in the field. The updated set of essays includes the important seminal essays on the metaphysics and morality of sex as well as recent contributions on issues such as cybersex, virtue ethics and sex, and sexual relationships in academia. Students and instructors will find especially attractive the new addition of summaries and study questions for each essay. All scholars and students of the philosophy of sex will want to have this book in their collections. (Sarah Hoffman, University of Saskatchewan)

Sex influences everything: our identities, social practices, medicine and the law. Yet nothing so important to human life is so poorly understood. The Philosophy of Sex goes a long way to making things clearer. This is a smart book, full of key issues and debates of the day, debates about who we are and how we relate to one another. Everyone has something to learn about sex, and everyone will learn something from this book. (Timothy F. Murphy, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago)

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