• Sexual Temperance and Sexual Objectification
    In Sexual Ethics in a Secular Age: Is There Still a Virtue of Chastity?, Routledge. pp. 153-167. 2021.
    The paper discusses Kant's view of sexual desire in connection with Aristotle's account of sexual temperance, arguing that if the Kantian view is correct, the Aristotelian account is false (or that if the Aristotelian account is true, then the Kantian view is false). One cannot be both an Aristotelian and a Kantian about the ethics of sexual desire.
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    The Virtue of Integrity
    Saudi Journal of Philosophical Studies 1 (1): 13-25. 2021.
    Is integrity a virtue? There is a powerful argument that it is not because it would be a redundant virtue -call this the “redundancy objection.” I will, however, argue that there is a plausible conception of integrity as a virtue that meets the redundancy objection. In Section I, start by providing a plausible conception of moral integrity. I then provide, in Section II, a sketch of the virtues and the virtuous person, and explain the redundancy objection. In Section III, I offer a plausible con…Read more
  • Love and Sex
    In Christopher Grau and Aaron Smuts (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Love. 2017.
    This chapter argues that sex and love are quite different from each other. Specifically, it argues that sexual desire is different kind of entity from romantic love, especially when the latter is understood as the settled abiding commitment between long-term partners. It also explores the normative connections (moral permissibility, obligation, and supererogation) between non-romantic forms of love—friendship, familial, and agapic love—and sexual desire, as this is an under-researched area. Furt…Read more
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    Temperance and Eating Meat
    Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 33 (3-6): 401-420. 2020.
    This paper provides an account of the Aristotelian virtue of temperance in regards to food, an account that revolves around the idea of enjoying the right objects and not enjoying the wrong ones. In doing so, the paper distinguishes between two meanings of “taking pleasure in something,” one that refers to the idea of the activity and one to the experience of the activity. The paper then connects this distinction to the temperate person’s attitude towards enjoying the right things and to hitting…Read more
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    The Philosophy of Sex
    with Nicholas Power and Alan Soble
    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. 2012.
    Featuring twenty-nine essays, thirteen of which are new to this edition, this best-selling volume examines the nature, morality, and social meanings of contemporary sexual phenomena. Topics include sexual desire, masturbation, sex on the Internet, homosexuality, transgender and transsexual issues, marriage, consent, exploitation, objectification, rape, pornography, promiscuity, and prostitution
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    Philosophy of Sex: Contemporary Readings
    with David Benatar, Cheshire Calhoun, Louise Collins, John Corvino, Yolanda Estes, John Finnis, Deirdre Golash, Alan Goldman, Greta Christina, Christopher Hamilton, Eva Feder Kittay, Howard Klepper, Andrew Koppelman, Stanley Kurtz, Thomas Mappes, Joan Mason-Grant, Janice Moulton, Thomas Nagel, Jerome Neu, Martha Nussbaum, Alan Soble, Sallie Tisdale, Alan Wertheimer, Robin West, and Karol Wojtyla
    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. 2007.
    This book's thirty essays explore philosophically the nature and morality of sexual perversion, cybersex, masturbation, homosexuality, contraception, same-sex marriage, promiscuity, pedophilia, date rape, sexual objectification, teacher-student relationships, pornography, and prostitution. Authors include Martha Nussbaum, Thomas Nagel, Alan Goldman, John Finnis, Sallie Tisdale, Robin West, Alan Wertheimer, John Corvino, Cheshire Calhoun, Jerome Neu, and Alan Soble, among others. A valuable resou…Read more
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    The Sexual Pleasure View of Sexual Desire
    Philosophical Papers 49 (1): 107-137. 2020.
    This paper defends the ‘sexual pleasure view’ of sexual desire—that sexual desire is for sexual pleasure. It does so by explaining the various aspects of the view, especially that of ‘sexual pleasure’ on which it relies, by explaining its important implications, by responding to various objections against it (that it relies on an impoverished notion of pleasure, e.g.), and by arguing against some of its main contenders (that sexual desire is for sexual activity, e.g.).
  • The Philosophy of Sex: Contemporary Readings (edited book)
    with Alan Soble, Sarah Hoffman, and Jacob Held
    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. 2017.
    This best-selling volume examines the nature, morality, and social meanings of contemporary sexual phenomena. Updated and new discussion questions offer students starting points for debate in both the classroom and the bedroom.
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    The Philosophy of Sex: Contemporary Readings (edited book)
    with Alan Soble, Sarah Hoffman, and Jacob Held
    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. 2017.
    This best-selling volume examines the nature, morality, and social meanings of contemporary sexual phenomena. Updated and new discussion questions offer students starting points for debate in both the classroom and the bedroom.
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    Philosophy of Sex: Contemporary Readings, Sixth Edition (edited book)
    with A. Soble and N. Power
    Rowan & Littlefield. 2013.
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    Sex and Sexuality
    Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 2018.
    This is a detailed encyclopedia entry on sex and sexuality, explaining the main issues and debates in philosophy about them.
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    In James Petrik & Arthur Zucker (eds.), Philosophy: Sex and Love, Macmillan Reference Usa. pp. 29-52. 2016.
    Explores the nature and morality of sexual desire and its connection to romantic love and to gender. It relies on the movie Elles to do so.
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    Racial Sexual desires
    In Raja Halwani, Alan Soble, Sarah Hoffman & Jacob Held (eds.), The Philosophy of Sex: Contemporary Readings, 7th edition, Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 181-199. 2017.
    The paper addresses the issue of whether there is something morally defective with someone who sexually prefers members of a particular race or ethnic group (or someone who does not sexually desire or prefer members of a particular race or ethnic group). People with such “racial desires” are often viewed as racists, but virtually no sustained arguments have been given in support of this view. The paper reconstructs three possible arguments—those based in discrimination, exclusion, and stereotype…Read more
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    The book address three central areas of our life—care, love, and sex—from the perspective of virtue ethics. The first chapter on care argues that care should be considered a virtue and embedded within virtue ethics. The second chapter on love argues that romantic love is not a virtue as other philosophers have claimed, but that the virtues enable its best forms. And the third chapter on sex investigates Aristotelian temperance, and it argues that contrary to conservative views of the virtue of t…Read more
  • The book contains four chapters, each dealing with a central topic to the conflict: self-determination (by Kapitan), the right of return of Palestinian refugees (by Halwani), terrorism (by Kapitan), and the one-state solution (by Halwani)
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    Explores what Aristotelian sexual temperance and intemperance are.
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    Sexual Ethics
    In Nancy Snow (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Virtue, Oxford University Press. pp. 680-699. 2018.
    The essay explores sexual temperance in Aristotle's work and connects it to issues in sexual ethics.
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    What is gay and lesbian philosophy?
    with Gary Jaeger, James S. Stramel, Richard Nunan, William S. Wilkerson, and Timothy F. Murphy
    Metaphilosophy 39 (4-5): 433-471. 2008.
    Abstract: This essay explores recent trends and major issues related to gay and lesbian philosophy in ethics (including issues concerning the morality of homosexuality, the natural function of sex, and outing and coming out); religion (covering past and present debates about the status of homosexuality and how biblical and qur'anic passages have been interpreted by both sides of the debate); the law (especially a discussion of the debates surrounding sodomy laws, same-sex marriage and its impact…Read more
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    Virtue ethics and adultery
    In Adrianne Leigh McEvoy (ed.), Journal of Social Philosophy, Rodopi. pp. 5-18. 2011.
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    Introduction to The Philosopher as Public Intellectual
    Metaphilosophy 33 (5): 495-501. 2002.
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    Virtue Ethics and Adultery
    Journal of Social Philosophy 29 (3): 5-18. 1998.
  • Wit
    with Elliot Layda
    In Stan van Hooft & Nafsika Athanassoulis (eds.), The Handbook of Virtue Ethics, Acumen Publishing. 2014.
    The essay explores arguments for and against wit being a virtue, and finds the latter more compelling.
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    The morality of love
    The Philosophers' Magazine 29 54-57. 2005.
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    Social Theory and Practice 32 (2): 289-310. 2006.
    This is a review essay of Igor Primoratz's edited collection on terrorism ("Terrorism: The Philosophical Issues"; Palgrave Macmillan 2004).
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    Review of Love’s Vision, by Troy Jollimore (review)
    Essays in Philosophy 15 (2): 314-322. 2014.