Bibliographic Details

Good sex : perspectives on sexual ethics / Raymond A. Belliotti.

Author / Creator Belliotti, Raymond A., 1948-
Imprint Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas, c1993.
Description xi, 316 p. ; 24 cm.
Language English
Subject Sexual ethics
Sexual ethics.
Format E-Resource, Print, Book
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ISBN 0700606041 (alk. paper)
070060605X (pbk. : alk. paper)
Notes Includes bibliographical references (p. 275-310) and index.
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Belliotti, a professor of philosophy with a specialty in ethics, has written an insightful analysis of the weaknesses of the systems of sexual ethics expounded in the theories of Greek philosophers, Judeo-Christianity, Libertarianism, Kantianism, Marxism, Feminism, and psychobiology. Based on his analysis of where these systems fail, he offers an alternative system that he calls "sexual morality in five tiers." According to this system, in making sexual judgments one must ask: (1) Is the act truly voluntary? (2) Are any general moral principles being transgressed? (3) Is one party exploiting another? (4) Is a third party injured by the act? (5) Are there any detrimental social effects? In a final chapter he demonstrates how his principles can be used to evaluate bestiality, necrophilia, incest, and prostitution. The historical breadth and political sophistication, combined with a clear writing style, make this a thought-provoking work for those who already have a background in the area. For undergraduates, a more appropriate book is Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in Human Sexuality, (4th ed.), ed. by Robert T. Francoeur (1993). W. P. Anderson; University of Missouri--Columbia

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