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Sex, Love, and Friendship.
Studies of the Society for the Philosophy of Sex and Love: 1993-2003.
McEvoy, Adrianne Leigh (Ed.)
Amsterdam/New York, NY, 2011, XVI, 552 pp.
Hb: 978-90-420-3368-9
€ 116 / US$ 162
eBook: 978-94-012-0068-4
€ 116 / US$ 162

Value Inquiry Book Series
Histories and Addresses of Philosophical Societies

The joke is that all the prostitutes go on vacation when the philosophers come to town. The reason that the other conventioneers do it; philosophers just talk about it. And talk about sex and love, and friendship is what the contributors to this volume do! They talk and argue, split hairs and clarify, all trying to advance our understanding of this most interesting practice of the human species. Some of the best minds on three continents, from four nations, and eighteen of the United States discuss such topics as adultery, commitment, cross dressing, gender politics, date rape, family, friendship, friends as lovers, gayness, love, marital pluralism, marriage, prostitution, religiously motivated anti-queer sentiments, same sex marriage, seduction, and self-respect. Rather than preach, participants probe our attitudes and practices involving these issues with the aim of better understanding the broad range of sexual practices of our species. The result is a collection of stimulating essays that can enliven class discussions as well as provide guidance for the sexually perplexed. The work is accessible to readers from high school through college and beyond.

Richard T. Hull: Editorial Foreword
James Conlon: Why Lovers Can’t Be Friends
Linda LeMoncheck: Feminism and Promiscuity
Ronald Suter: Clarifying the Question, “What is This Thing Called Love?”
Caroline J. Simon: Just Friends, Friends and Lovers, or . . .?
Robert Van Wyk: The Morality of Teenage Sex and its Implications for Sex Education
Robert Rosenfeld: The Burden of Initiation
Louisa Lee Moon: The Complexity of “No”: A Response to Rosenfeld
Louisa Lee Moon: Prostitution and Date Rape: The Commodification of Consent
Robert Rosenfeld: Participation or Consent: A Response to Moon
William O. Stephens: Can a Stoic Love?
Patrick Hopkins: Gender Politics and the Cross-Dresser
Steven Barbone: Spinoza in Love
David Mertz: Whither Romantic Love
Stanislas Marcus van Hooft: Commitment and the Bond of Love
Marshall Missner: Reply to van Hooft
Raja Halwani: Virtue Ethics and Adultery
Ana Victoria (Viki) Soady: Critical Response to “Virtue Ethics and Adultery”
Nikolay Milkov: Sexual Experience
Al Spangler: Desire and Arousal
William O. Stephens: Wise Woman versus Manic Man: Diotima and Alcibiades in Plato’s Symposium
Lee David Perlman: Wounded Eros
Barbara S. Andrew: Self-Respect and Loving Others
Robert F. Card: Gender, Justice within the Family, and the Commitments of Liberalism
Cindy Holder: Comments on Robert Card’s “Gender, Justice within the Family, and the Commitments of Liberalism”
Sheldon Wein: IUDs, STIs, and DNA: Reconsidering Hume’s Modesty Proposal
Jennifer Parks: Commentary on Sheldon Wein’s “IUDs, STIs, and DNA: Reconsidering Hume’s Modesty Proposal”
Eric M. Cave: Marital Pluralism: Making Marriage Safer for Love
Wendy Lynne Lee: Commentary on Eric M. Cave’s “Marital Pluralism: Making Marriage Safer for Love”
Carol V. A. Quinn: Embracing Gayness with Integrity
Raja Halwani: Comments on Quinn’s “Embracing Gayness with Integrity”
Carol V. A. Quinn: A Response to Raja Halwani’s Comments
Alan Soble: Sexual Use and What to Do about It: Internalist and Externalist Sexual Ethics
Raja Halwani: Love and Virtue
Marianne Janack: Commentary on Raja Halwani’s “Love and Virtue”
John M. Orlando: Marriage Laws and Gender Discrimination: The Anti-Miscegenation Analogy
Jo Trigilio: Same-Sex Marriage and Gender Discrimination: A Response to Orlando
Martha C. Beck: Jung and Plato on Individuation
Ashley Pryor: A Response to Martha C. Beck’s “Jung and Plato on Individuation”
Andrew J. Mitchell: Friendship amongst the Self-Sufficient: Epicurus
William O. Stephens: If Friendship Hurts, an Epicurean Deserts: A Reply to Andrew Mitchell
Caroline W. Meline: The Dialectic of Love and Freedom: Does it Constitute a Fifth Form of Love?
Barbara S. Andrew: Love, Freedom, and Self-Knowledge: A Response to Meline
Erik J. Wielenberg: Aristotelian Love-Making
Edward L. Abrams: Conscious Experience, Awkwardness, and Virtue: Reply to Wielenberg
Andrew I. Cohen: Examining the Bonds and Bounds of Friendship
Diane Jeske: Comments on Andrew I. Cohen’s “Examining the Bonds and Bounds of Friendship”
Ludger Viefhues-Bailey: Insights from the Straight-Jacket: Epistemological Concerns Expressed by Religiously Motivated Anti-Queer Sentiments
Carol V. A. Quinn: Comments on Ludger Viefhues-Bailey’s “Insights from the Straight Jacket”
Raja Halwani: Temperance and Sexual Ethics
Carol V. A. Quinn: Comments on Raja Halwani’s “Temperance and Sexual Ethics”
Sabine Grebe: The Transformation of the Husband/Wife Relationship during Exile: Letters from Cicero and Ovid
William O. Stephens: Separated Spouses and Equal Partners: Cicero, Ovid, and Marriage at a Distance
Andrea Veltman: Aristotle and Kant on Self-Knowledge and Self-Disclosure through Friendship
Mane Hajdin: Comments on Alan Soble’s Pornography, Sex, and Feminism
Linda Williams: Pornography, Dignity, and Polysemicity: Comments on Alan Soble’s Pornography, Sex, and Feminism
Kathleen J. Wininger: Comments on Alan Soble’s Pornography, Sex, and Feminism
Betty Woodman: Exploring Sartrean Desire: Men, Women, and Authentic Relationship
Benjamin A. Gorman: Sartrean Desire: Commentary on Woodman
Eric M. Cave: Sexual Liberalism and Seduction
Mary MacLeod: Comments on Eric M. Cave’s “Sexual Liberalism and Seduction”
Susan Stark: Virtue and the Value of Affective Transformation
Karen Stohr: Affective Transformation and the Kantian Moral Outlook: Comments on Susan Stark
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