1st Edition

The Ethics of Hooking Up Casual Sex and Moral Philosophy on Campus

By James Rocha Copyright 2020
    182 Pages
    by Routledge

    182 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Ethics of Hooking Up: Casual Sex and Moral Philosophy on Campus provides a systematic moral analysis of hooking up, or sexual activity between people who barely know each other, frequently while intoxicated, and with little or no verbal interaction. It explores the moral quandaries resulting from this potent combination of sex, alcohol, near-anonymity, and limited communication, focusing in particular on issues involving consent and respect.   After delineating common practices involving casual sex on college campuses and exploring the difficulty of reaching mutual consent, author James Rocha argues that respect, kindness, sensitivity, and honest communication are also necessary conditions for morally permissible casual sex.

    Key Features

    • Provides a rare, systematic examination of the ethics of the hook up practice, which is the dominant mating practice for young people today.
    • Analyzes the moral concepts of consent and respect in the context of hooking up, which provides significant moral challenges that highlight how we should obtain consent and show respect to one another.
    • Argues for a moral paradigm shift in how young people hook up, emphasizing ways to avoid unintentionally committing grave moral wrongs.
    • Situates the philosophy of casual sex in real life hook up practice, enabling us to rethink overly abstracted moral views on casual sex.

    1. Hook Up Morality

    2. Consent

    3. Aggressive Hook Ups

    4. Adequately Informed Hook Ups

    5. Sufficiently Sober Hook Ups

    6. The Insufficiency of Consent

    7. Respectful, Beneficent, and Trustworthy Hook Ups

    8. Moral Hook Ups


    James Rocha is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at California State University, Fresno. James specializes in ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of law, and philosophy of race, and he has published in numerous journals, including Ethical Theory & Moral Practice, Journal of Applied Philosophy, Social Theory and Practice, The Kennedy Institute of Ethics, and Res Publica.

    "My overall impression is very positive. It is an original and persuasively argued book that advances discussion in the literature, which the author knows remarkably well. I also find it to be most timely and likely to be of some practical guidance to readers."

    --Robert M. Stewart, California State University, Chico