Soble has also penned a new introductory essay, "The Fundamentals of the Philosophy of Sex," designed to ease students into, and provoke them about, the subject matter. Taking snippets from these and other sources such as feminist philosophy and sociobiology, he sews them together into a quizzical quiltwork The writing is clear, lively, occasionally opinionated, and often funny. Lower- and upper-level undergraduates; general readers. Topics addressed include the nature of sexual pleasure, sexual desire, and sexual activity; the relationship between judgments about the biological, psychological, and social natures of human beings and judgments that certain sexual behaviors or desires are sexually perverted; the possibility of constructing plausible and comprehensive principles of sexual ethics; the moral and social issues of rape, Pornography, prostitution, adultery, promiscuity, masturbation, abortion, and contraception; the varieties and forms of love; the connections, logical and psychological, among sexuality, love, friendship, and marriage; and how issues within the philosophy of sex and love look different once gender is taken into account. The book is particularly appropriate for undergraduate level courses, but readers at al levels will find it informative and pleasurable reading. Soble provides a judicious and intelligent appraisal of the many claims made about gender, sexual perversion, marriage, and eternal love by a long and not always distinguished line of conservatives, liberals, and feminists without losing either his sense of balance or of humour. Most of the book focuses how 20th-century thinkers in various intellectual traditions have conceived of sexuality and love. From his critique, it becomes clear that careful reflection on these basic elements of human life is very difficult Once again he carefully collects the most innovative and exciting new pieces in his area of expertise and blends them with the field's most seminal contemporary writings. Alan Soble has taught and written about the philosophy of sex and love since To these solid foundations, Soble has added a new section on Kant and sex, as well as new essays by Michael E. People have been asking these questions for a long time, but there is still widespread disagreement among those who have proposed answers. Alan Soble provides insightful and fair critical commentary on a wide range of scholars and topics, and also presents many of his own views and arguments. And is there a way to reconcile Christian faith with homosexual practice?