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Philosophical Perspectives on Sex and Love By Robert M. Stewart

Philosophical Perspectives on Sex and Love
by Robert M. Stewart

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This study includes original essays and selections from recent journals and books. The topics covered are sexual roles, equality, and social policy; sexual norms and ethics; erotic love; and friendship and familial love. It is suitable for courses in applied moral and social philosophy.
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Philosophical Perspectives on Sex and Love by Robert M. Stewart

Reflecting the trend over the last twenty years to examine more thoroughly the nature of love and sexuality within a philosophical context, this eclectic anthology presents numerous perspectives on sexual roles and norms, eroticism, pornography, feminism, prostitution, perversion, friendship, and familial love. Philosophical Perspectives on Sex and Love is the most up-to-date appraisal of these most fundamental and timeless of human attributes, featuring the work of thinkers from antiquity and the Middle Ages as well as the modern era. On the subject of erotic love, Stewart offers insight from Plato's Symposium, as well as Solomon's more contemporary "The Virtue of (Erotic) Love". There are also reflections on "Sexual Perversion" from Nagel, and the editor himself explores "Moral Criticisms and the Social Meaning of Prostitution." From Graybosch we have "Parents, Children, and Friends", and David Hume opens a window onto the ethics of sexuality through his "Of Chastity and Modesty." Care has been taken to present different positions on the most controversial issues, and the vast majority of selections are offered in their entirety. Invaluable for courses in social philosophy, sexuality, social ethics, and feminism, no other volume can give students a more comprehensive discussion of love's countless dimensions.

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Philosophical Perspectives on Sex and Love Reviews

"This is an excellent, varied collection."--David Detmer, Purdue University "The best anthology on sex and love. Stewart includes articles on love as normal and perverted, erotic, friendly, and familiar, drawing on traditional as well as contemporary treatments."--Susan J. Armstrong, Humboldt State University "Terrific anthology--accessible yet profound selection with clear historical development. The bibliography is bountiful."--Raymond Belliotti, SUNY-Fredonia "I like the scope and depth of the articles/selections and find them thought-provoking..."--Jack Cottrell, Cincinnati Bible College

Table of Contents

Introduction I. Sex Roles, Equality, and Social Policy John Stuart Mill: From The Subjection of Women Elizabeth Rapaport: "On the Future of Love: Rousseau and the Radical Feminists" Alison Jaggar: "On Sexual Equality" Linda LeMoncheck: "Feminist Ethics and Feminist Politics: Treating Women as Sex Objects" Michael Levin: "What is Feminism?" Melinda Vadas: "A First Look at the Pornography/Civil Rights Ordinance: Could Pornography be the Subordination of Women?" William Parent: "A Second Look at Pornography and the Subordination of Women" Laurie Shrage: "Should Feminists Oppose Prostitution?" Robert Stewart: "Moral Criticism and the Social Meaning of Prostitution" II. Sexual Norms and Ethics Jerome Neu: "Freud and Perversion" Thomas Nagel: "Sexual Perversion" Michael Ruse: "Is Homosexuality Bad Sexuality?" J. Roger Lee: "Sadomasochism: An Ethical Analysis" David Hume: "Of Chastity and Modesty" Immanuel Kant: "Duties Towards the Body in Respect of Sexual Impulse; Crimina Carnis " Frederick Elliston: "In Defense of Promiscuity" Richard Wassertrom: "Is Adultery Immoral?" John H. Bogart: "On the Nature of Rape" III. Erotic Love Plato: From Symposium Arthur Schopenhauer: From "The Metaphysics of the Love of the Sexes" Soren Kierkegaard: "Don Juan's Secret" Jean-Paul Sartre: "First Attitude Toward Others: Love, Language, Masochism" Simone de Beauvoir: From "The Woman in Love" Irving Singer: "Appraisal and Bestowal" Alan Soble: "Reconciling Eros and Agape" Robert Nozick: "Love's Bond" Robert C. Solomon: "The Virtue of (Erotic) Love" IV. Friendship and Familial Love Aristotle: From Nicomachean Ethics, Books VIII and IX Veera Kapur Badhwar: "The Circumstances of Justice: Pluralism, Community, and Friendship" Ellen Fox: "Paternalism and Friendship" James Conlon: "Why Lovers Can't Be Friends" Jeffrey Blustein: "The Duties of Grown Children" Jane English: "What Do Grown Children Owe Their Parents?" Anthony Graybosch: "Parents, Children, and Friends"

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Robert M. Stewart
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