1st Edition

The Ethics of Sex
An Introduction

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ISBN 9781138213210
March 29, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
256 Pages

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Book Description

The Ethics of Sex: An Introduction systematically and comprehensively examines the ethical issues surrounding the concept of sex. It addresses important questions such as:

  • How to approach questions of sexual ethics in a philosophical way?
  • Must we give affirmative consent to all sexual activity and what would be the impact of implementing an affirmative consent standard into law?
  • Should we promote monogamy as the best way to live?
  • Can the tools of behavioural economics offer insights into the issues of sexual ethics?
  • What constitutes harassment?
  • How does the state involve itself in the private sexual lives of its citizens and is it justified in doing so?
  • What privacy issues arise within relationships due to the development of technology?
  • What ethical issues may arise as the result of future technological developments?

Including discussion questions and suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter The Ethics of Sex is the perfect philosophical introduction to the perennially topical issue, and ideal reading for students taking courses within the fields of applied ethics, sociology, law, religion and politics.

Table of Contents


1. Sexual Ethics in the History of Philosophy

2. Meeting, Dating and Having Sex

3. Consent

4. Commitment and Marriage

5. Sex and the Law

6. Sex and Technology

Conclusion: Philosophical Principles for Debating Sexual Ethics.


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Neil McArthur is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics at the University of Manitoba, Canada. He writes regularly about sex for VICE and maintains a blog at morallust.com. His films have played at numerous festivals, including the Toronto World-Wide Short Film Festival, the DOXA Festival, and the Calgary International Film Festival.