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ISBN 9781138370678
Published May 24, 2022 by Routledge
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This Handbook covers the most urgent, controversial, and important topics in the philosophy of sex. It is both philosophically rigorous and yet accessible to specialists and non-specialists, covering ethics, political philosophy, metaphysics, the philosophy of science, and the philosophy of language, and featuring interactions with neighboring disciplines such as psychology, bioethics, sociology, and anthropology.

The volume’s 40 chapters, written by an international team of both respected senior researchers and essential emerging scholars, are divided into eight parts:   

I. What is Sex? Is Sex Good?
II. Sexual Orientations
III. Sexual Autonomy and Consent
IV. Regulating Sexual Relationships
V. Pathologizing Sex and Sexuality
VI. Contested Desires
VII. Objectification and Commercialized Sex
VIII. Technology and the Future of Sex

The broad scope of coverage, depth in insight and research, and accessibility in language make The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Sex and Sexuality a comprehensive introduction for newcomers to the subject as well as an invaluable reference work for advanced students and researchers in the field. 

Table of Contents

Introduction
Clare Chambers, Brian D. Earp, Lori Watson

Part I: What is Sex? Is Sex Good?

1. What is a Sexual Act?
Kristina Gupta

2. Eroticisms in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Sara Johnsdotter

3. The Value of Sex
Sam Shpall

4. Is There a Right to Sex?
John Danaher

5. The Concept and Significance of Virginity
Neil McArthur

Part II: Sexual Orientations

6. What is a Sexual Orientation?
Lisa M. Diamond

7. Sexual Orientation, Sexual Desires, and Choice
E. Diáz-León

8. Queer and Straight
Matthew Andler

9 Asexuality
A.W. Eaton and Bailey Szustak

10. Feminist Heterosexuality
Christie Hartley

11. Heterosexual Male Sexuality: A Positive Vision
Shaun Miller

12. Radical Feminist Analysis of Heterosexuality
Jessica Joy Cameron

13. Lesbian Feminism
Finn Mackay

Part III: Sexual Autonomy and Consent

14. Flirting
Lucy McDonald

15. Sex and Consent
Karamvir Chadha

16. Beyond Consent
Susan J. Brison

17. Sexual Autonomy, Consent, and Reproductive Control
Mianna Lotz

18. Sexual Practices and Relationships Among Young People
Kate Ott and Lauren D. Sawyer

19. Sex and Disability
Tom Shakespeare

20. Sexual Consent, Aging, and Dementia
Andria Bianchi

Part IV: Regulating Sexual Relationships

21. Monogamy: Government Policy
Stephen Macedo and Peter de Marneffe

22. Plural Marriage and Equality
Lori Watson

23. Sex, Marriage, and Race
Robin Zheng

24. The Ethics of Relationship Anarchy
Ole Martin Moen and Alexander Sørlie

Part V: Pathologizing Sex and Sexuality

25. The Eugenic Logic of Sexual Normality
Tara M. Dankel

26. "Disordering" Sex Through Medicine
Katarzyna Grunt-Mejer

27. Religion and Sexual Shame
Krista K. Thomason

28. Homophobia and Conversion 'Therapies'
Sean Aas and Candice Delmas

Part VI: Contested Desires

29. The Ethics and Politics of Sexual Preference
Gulzaar Barn

30. BDSM
Manon Garcia

31. Critiquing Consensual Adult Incest
Natasha McKeever

32. Pedophilia
Agustín Malón

Part VII: Objectification and Commercialized Sex

33. Sexual Objectification
Patricia Mariño

34. The Civil-Rights Approach to Pornography
John Stoltenberg

35. Pornography and the "Sex Wars"
Mari Mikkola

36. The Case for Decriminalizing Sex Work
Jessica Flanigan

37. An Equality Approach to Prostitution
Lori Watson

Part VIII: Technology and the Future of Sex

38. The Ethics of Matching: Hookup Apps and Online Dating
Michal Klincewicz, Lily E. Frank, and Emma A. Jane

39. The Ethics of Humanoid Sex Robots
Sven Nyholm

40. Sex and Emergent Technologies
Robbie Arrell

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Biography

Brian D. Earp is a philosopher, cognitive scientist, and bioethicist with interests in gender, sex, sexuality, and related topics. Brian is Associate Director of the Yale-Hastings Program in Ethics and Health Policy at Yale University and The Hastings Center, and Senior Research Fellow in Moral Psychology at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford. With Julian Savulescu, Brian is co-author of Love Drugs: The Chemical Future of Relationships (Stanford UP, 2020).

Clare Chambers is Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Cambridge. She is the author of Intact: A Defence of the Unmodified Body (Allen Lane, 2022), Against Marriage: An Egalitarian Defence of the Marriage-Free State (Oxford UP, 2017), and Sex, Culture, and Justice: The Limits of Choice (Penn State UP, 2008).

Lori Watson is Professor of Philosophy at Washington University in Saint Louis.  She is the co-author, with Patrick Hurley, of A Concise Introduction to Logic, 13th ed. (Cengage, 2016); with Christie Hartley, of Equal Citizenship and Public Reason: A Feminist Political Liberalism (Oxford UP, 2018); with Andrew Altman, of Debating Pornography (Oxford UP, 2019); and, with Jessica Flanigan, of Debating Sex Work (Oxford UP, 2019).