Sexuality
Shame
By Bogdan Popa
Review by Brian Morreale on Tue, Oct 15th 2019.
Shame by Bogdan PopaShame is an emotion that results from exposing a personal action or decision to an audience. Often times, many people are shamed from doing something deviant or inappropriate. When a person does something deviant it is likely because the act is not in agreement with societal norms. Shaming in the 19th century would lead to public exclusion. In many cultures shame is used to "correct" behavior, especially in Asian cultures. Similarly, in Bogdan Popa's book Shame: A Genealogy of Queer Practices in the 19th Century he argues that shame is a way to motivate (and contr
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Philosophy of Sex and Love
An Opinionated Introduction
By Patricia Marino
Review by Robert Scott Stewart, Ph.D. on Tue, Oct 15th 2019.
Patricia Marino's Philosophy of Love and Sex: An Opinionated Introduction is a wonderful addition to the growing literature – and indeed growing number of textbooks – in this area of philosophy, which is still only a few decades old. The subtitle of the book raises two questions. The first is in what way this book is an introduction to the philosophy of sex and love, and the second is why Marino calls it an opinionated introduction. The answer to the first question, I believe, is because Marino does not assume prior expertise in the area and hence prov
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Philosophy of Sex and Love by Patricia Marino

Pornography
A Philosophical Introduction
By Mari Mikkola
Review by Giulia Luvisotto on Tue, Sep 10th 2019.
Pornography by Mari MikkolaThere are two main views on what is the legitimate object of philosophical inquiry. Some hold that the endeavor of philosophy is to answer specific questions; on the nature of things, on the source of consciousness, on what is wrong to do. Others hold that philosophy should illuminate and apply to every aspect of our life. To whomever belongs to the first category, Mari Mikkola's Pornography: a philosophical introduction is highly recommended. This book provides clear evidence that philosophy can investigate topics that do not belong to the traditional corpus without losing
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The Incurable Romantic
And Other Tales of Madness and Desire
By Frank Tallis
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Jul 30th 2019.
Frank Tallis is a British psychotherapist and a prolific writer. He has many novels in the mystery and supernatural genres, and three books about psychotherapy: Hidden Minds: A History of the Unconscious (2002), Love Sick: Love as a Mental Illness (2005) and now The Incurable Romantic. Tallis points out at the end of this book that while the classical authors of literature have played a great deal to romantic love and the problems that come with it. It is neglected in the modern psychological literature and in therapeutic training. This might seem surprising since atta
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The Incurable Romantic by Frank Tallis

The Phenomenology of Sex, Love, and Intimacy
By Susi Ferrarello
Review by Khashayar Boroomandjazi on Tue, Jul 23rd 2019.
The Phenomenology of Sex, Love, and Intimacy by Susi FerrarelloThe concept of love has always been of interest to philosophers since the ancient times to the extent that philosophy itself in its beginning for Greeks has been conceived as a form of love. However, there is still a lot to do in this field, especially with respect to the relevant contemporary challenges like those related to gender problems and the so-called abnormal sexual behaviors. The Phenomenology of Sex, Love, and Intimacy is the recent book that Susi Ferrarello, professor of philosophy, has published, with concern with such issues, in order to "help the reader to reflect on l
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Sex in Antiquity
Exploring Gender and Sexuality in the Ancient World
By Mark Masterson, Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz, James Robson (Editors)
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Jun 25th 2019.
Published in 2014, with 30 academic papers, and at 588 pages, Sex in Antiquity is a major collection of new ideas by respected scholars. It's striking that it has only garnered 2 reviews so far in academic journals. It doesn't even have any reviews on Amazon!  The reviews it has had have been very positive. I am not an expert in history and so my main interest in the book is philosophical. History and philosophy are often interconnected, and at least since Foucault's work on sexuality, they are especially close in the examination of sexuality. This volume is striking in its embr
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Sex in Antiquity by Mark Masterson, Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz, James Robson (Editors)

Sex in the World of Myth
By David Leeming
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, May 7th 2019.
Sex in the World of Myth by David LeemingDavid Leeming surveys the role of sex in myth around the world. In 10 chapters he covers the whole ancient world, with some illustrations too. So this is a lightening tour of ancient cultures. There is a bibliography at the end but there are no notes and the book is aimed at a general reader. It is quite a feat to explain these stories in a context that makes sense of them. Leeming plunges into detail very soon, and those who are unfamiliar with world history and culture may find it all very confusing. For example, he starts off with Mesopotamian culture and goes into the story of Gilgamesh an
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Philosophy of Love, Sex, and Marriage: An Introduction
Second Edition
By Raja Halwani
Review by Shaun D Miller on Tue, Nov 27th 2018.
This second edition is a perfect companion when delving into the philosophy of sex, love, and marriage. In many ways, this second edition is more concise with new additions that are insightful. What makes this book succinct is Halwani summarizing his somewhat verbose example. While I may personally miss his first edition examples, as they helped the reader gain a clearer understanding of the material, this book still very clearly engages the reader and delivers the points across fully. This review will mainly focus on the big ideas that Halwani addresses and not focus too much on what I consid
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Philosophy of Love, Sex, and Marriage:  An Introduction by Raja Halwani

 
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