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The Philosophy of Sex


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The Philosophy of Sex: Contemporary Readings Provisional table of contents for the 7th edition 1. "An Introduction to the Philosophy of Sex" 2. "Are We Having Sex Now or What?" by Greta Christina 3. "Sexual Perversion" by Thomas Nagel 4. "Plain Sex" by Alan Goldman 5. "Sex and Sexual Perversion" by Robert Gray 6. "Chatting Is Not Cheating" by John Portmann 7. "An Essay on Masturbation" by Alan Soble 8. "Trans 101" by Talia Bettcher 9. "The Negotiative Theory of Gender Identity and the Limits of First-Person Authority" by Burkay Ozturk 10. "Bisexuality and Bisexual Marriage" by Kayley Vernallis 11. "Racial Sexual Desires" by Raja Halwani 12. "Is Loving More' Better? The Values of Polyamory" by Elizabeth Brake 13. "What Is Sexual Orientation?" by Robin Dembroff 14 "Thinking Queerly about Sex and Sexuality" by Kim Q. Hall 15. "LGBTQ ... Z?" by Kathy Rudy 16. "Sexual Morality and the Concept of Using Another Person" by Thomas Mappes 17. "Sexual Use" by Alan Soble 18. "Consent and Sexual Relations" by Alan Wertheimer 19. "Dark Desires" by Seiriol Morgan 20. "The Harms of Consensual Sex" by Robin West 21. "Sexual Objectification" by Evangelia Papadaki 22. "Casual Sex, Promiscuity, and Objectification" by Raja Halwani 23. "BDSM" by Shaun Miller 24. "Two Views of Sexual Ethics" by David Benatar 25. "Gifts and Duties" by Alan Soble

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Raja Halwani is professor of philosophy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Alan Soble is emeritus professor of philosophy at the University of New Orleans and teaches at Drexel University. Jacob Held is professor of philosophy at the University of Central Arkansas. Sarah Hoffman is associate professor of philosophy at the University of Saskatchewan.


"An updated version of a now classic anthology, Philosophy of Sex: Contemporary Readings, the seventh edition, is absolutely guaranteed to open minds and stimulate discussion both in and outside the classroom." -- James P. Sterba, professor, University of Notre Dame
"The Philosophy of Sex is the best collection of essays available on this important topic. Bringing together leading work both old and new, it provides a rich treatment of key issues and controversies that are an invaluable contribution to the field." -- Thom Brooks, Durham University
"The Philosophy of Sex takes up important questions of the day. What does sex mean for our identity? For our relationships? What kinds of sexual actions are morally acceptable and which are not? The Philosophy of Sex collects clear, interesting, and convincing responses to these questions. Some of these accounts are classic touchstones in conversations about sex. Others are novel explorations of gender identity, sexual orientation, and objectification. There is no better volume to start a serious conversation about sex than The Philosophy of Sex, although that conversation will have to find room for some humor too." -- Timothy F. Murphy, University of Illinois College of Medicine
"This is the only book currently on the market that covers a vast expanse of topics of sexual ontology, gender identity, sexual ethics, and non-traditional sexual preferences and relationships in a thorough and systematic way. It truly reflects the ever-changing landscape of the issues surrounding sex in 21st century, representing the top-notch quality of work done by the experts in the field. It is a wonderful source for those teaching philosophy of sex in the upper-level courses as well as for anyone who wishes to think clearly and critically about sex and related issues." -- Arina Pismenny, Montclair State University
"While preserving the best of the sixth edition, [the seventh edition] now includes excellent discussions of queer theory, sex and disability, asexuality, bisexuality, polyamory, and even zoophilia, as well as new material on gender identity and trans- and intersex issues. That makes it by far the best and most comprehensive collection of readings in an increasingly crowded field. I can now use it as a single, amply sufficient source of up-to-date material for my course." -- Ronald de Sousa, PhD., FRSC, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University of Toronto
"This new edition of The Philosophy of Sex: Contemporary Readings is an intriguing and helpful collection of essays-including classics as well as new essays on more contemporary topics. Not only is it an excellent resource for teaching courses that address gender, sex, and identity, it is also the kind of book that would be useful as material for orientations for new college students. It addresses many issues about sexuality that are important for all of us to think about." -- Marianne Janack, John Stewart Kennedy Professor of Philosophy, Hamilton College

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