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Ethics and sex
Primoratz, Igor.
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London ; New York : Routledge, 1999.
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xi, 205 pages ; 23 cm
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Ethics and Sexpresents a systematic study of the nature and moral significance of human sexuality and of the major issues in sexual morality.
The book is divided into two main parts. Part One gives a critical analysis of the key conceptions of human sexuality. Part Two discusses the most important issues in sexual morality: monogamy; adultery; prostitution; homosexuality; paedophilia; sexual harassment and rape.
In this controversial and accessible book, the author demonstrates that many of the prohibitions that make up conventional sexual morality cannot withstand critical scrutiny.

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Primoratz (Hebrew Univ, Jerusalem) deals with several important questions about the ethical implications of sex, including (but not limited to) the following: Is sex without the possibility of procreation (or where the parties do not love one another) morally permissible? What counts as sexual perversion? When (if at all) are homosexuality, adultery, and pedophilia morally impermissible? Part 1 addresses what Primoratz calls "the basics" by canvassing the relevant literature on the "meaning" of sex (is sex solely for procreation, love, pleasure, or communication?) and what counts as sexual perversion. He ultimately endorses both a modified version of Alvin Goldman's "plain sex" approach, and elimination of the concept of sexual perversion. Part 2 addresses issues surrounding marriage, adultery, homosexuality, harassment, rape, pedophilia, etc. Here Primoratz emphasizes that many arguments purporting to show the immorality of certain practices confuse the idea that the practice is less than ideal with the condition of it being immoral. While no really new ground is broken, this is a very helpful text offering a fair and wide-ranging critical review of the literature. Recommended for mid- to upper-level undergraduate courses. M. R. Hebert; Austin College

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Abbreviations Used in the Notes and Bibliographyp. xi
I The Basicsp. 1
1 Introductionp. 3
2 Sex and Procreationp. 9
3 Sex and Lovep. 21
4 Sex as Languagep. 34
5 The Pleasure of Sexp. 41
6 Sexual Perversionp. 50
II The Issuesp. 67
7 Marriage, Adultery, Jealousyp. 69
8 Prostitutionp. 88
9 Homosexualityp. 110
10 Pedophiliap. 133
11 Sexual Harassment and Rapep. 144
12 Concluding Remarksp. 167
Notesp. 176
Select Bibliographyp. 193
Indexp. 200