Is sex important? How concerned should we be about our sexual choices and their effects? Is sexual desire best understood in terms of pleasure, love, interpersonal union and/or procreation?
In an era of radical redefinition of marriage and rapidly changing views about the nature of sex, Ethical Sex seeks to bring some philosophical clarity to our thinking. Arguing in the context of liberal assumptions, the book explores reasons as to why our sexual behaviour is uniquely morally important. In a series of challenging chapters, arguments are examined for and against differing views on what might constitute 'ethical sex'. Anyone interested in the philosophy of sex and love, the nature of marriage, metaphysics and the human world around us will want to engage with this original and provocative work.
Dr Anthony McCarthy is an ethicist based in London at the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, having previously held the post of Research Fellow at the Anscombe Bioethics Centre in Oxford. He holds degrees in Philosophy from King's College London, University College London, and the University of Surrey, and lectures in moral philosophy both in the UK and internationally, including as a visiting lecturer at the International Theological Institute in Trumau, Austria.