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  1. Kant and Sexual Perversion.Alan Soble - 2003 - The Monist 86 (1):55-89.
    This article discusses the views of Immanuel Kant on sexual perversion (what he calls "carnal crimes against nature"), as found in his Vorlesung (Lectures on Ethics) and the Metaphysics of Morals (both the Rechtslehre and Tugendlehre). Kant criticizes sexual perversion by appealing to Natural Law and to his Formula of Humanity. Neither argument for the immorality of sexual perversion succeeds.
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  2. In Defense of Bacon.Alan Soble - 1995 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 25 (2):192-215.
    Feminist science critics, in particular Sandra Harding, Carolyn Merchant, and Evelyn Fox Keller, claim that misogynous sexual metaphors played an important role in the rise of modern science. The writings of Francis Bacon have been singled out as an especially egregious instance of the use of misogynous metaphors in scientific philosophy. This paper offers a defense of Bacon.
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  3. Gender, Objectivity, And Realism.Alan Soble - 1994 - The Monist 77 (4):509-530.
    A detailed examination of the philosophy of science of Evelyn Fox Keller, with special emphasis on her account of "objectivity" and her understanding of the methodology of Barbara McClintock.
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  4. Sexual Use and What to Do About It : Internalist and Externalist Sexual Ethics.Alan Soble - 2011 - In Adrianne Leigh McEvoy (ed.), Essays in Philosophy. Rodopi. pp. 2.
    I begin by describing the hideous nature of sexuality, that which makes sexual desire and activity morally suspicious, or at least what we have been told about the moral foulness of sex by, in particular, Immanuel Kant, but also by some of his predecessors and by some contemporary philosophers.2 A problem arises because acting on sexual desire, given this Kantian account of sex, apparently conflicts with the Categorical Imperative. I then propose a typology of possible solutions to this sex problem (...)
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  5. A History of Erotic Philosophy.Alan Soble - 2009 - Journal of Sex Research 49 (2-3):104-120.
  6. The History of Sexual Anatomy and Self-Referential Philosophy of Science.Alan G. Soble - 2003 - Metaphilosophy 34 (3):229-249.
    This essay is a case study of the self-destruction that occurs in the work of a social-constructionist historian of science who embraces a radical philosophy of science. It focuses on Thomas Laqueur's Making Sex: Body and Gender from the Greeks to Freud in arguing that a history of science committed to the social construction of science and to the central theses of Kuhnian, Duhemian, and Quinean philosophy of science is incoherent through self-reference. Laqueur's text is examined in detail in order (...)
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  7. Deception in Social Science Research: Is Informed Consent Possible?Alan Soble - 1978 - Hastings Center Report 8 (5):40-46.
    Deception of subjects is used frequently in the social sciences. Examples are provided. The ethics of experimental deception are discussed, in particular various maneuvers to solve the problem. The results have implications for the use of deception in the biomedical sciences.
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  8. Antioch's “Sexual Offense Policy”: A Philosophical Exploration.Alan Soble - 1997 - Journal of Social Philosophy 28 (1):22-36.
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    Pornography: Marxism, Feminism, and the Future of Sexuality.Alan Soble - 1988 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 23 (2):106-107.
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  10. The Coherence of Love.Alan Soble - 2000 - Philosophy and Theology 12 (2):293-315.
    I examine three common beliefs about love: constancy, exclusivity, and the claim that love is a response to the properties of the beloved. Following a discussion of their relative consistency, I argue that neither the constancy nor the exclusivity of love are saved by the contrary belief, that love is not (entirely) a response to the properties of the beloved.
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  11. Loose Women, Lecherous Men.Alan Soble - 1999 - Teaching Philosophy 22 (4):411-416.
  12. Bad Apples: Feminist Politics and Feminist Scholarship.Alan Soble - 1999 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 29 (3):354-388.
  13. Philosophy of Sexuality.Alan Soble - 2009 - Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
    This encyclopedia article on the philosophy of sexuality discusses the main themes, concepts, and debates in the field, including the metaphysics (or philosophical anthropology) of sex, the morality of sexual behavior, pragmatic and utilitarian evaluations of sexuality, and sexual perversion.
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  14. Review of Joan McGregor, Is It Rape? [REVIEW]Alan Soble - 2006 - Law and Philosophy 25 (6).
  15. Straight Bar?Andrew Norton & Alan Soble - 2008 - The Philosophers' Magazine (40):68-73.
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    The Structure of Love.Alan Soble - 1991 - Ethics 101 (4):867-868.
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  17. Review Essay: Frankfurt, “The Reasons of Love”. [REVIEW]Alan Soble - 2005 - Essays in Philosophy 6 (1):30.
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  18. The Philosophy of Sex and Love: An Introduction.Alan Soble - 2008 - Paragon House.
    The background -- Projects; the significance of sex and love; secret pictures; sexual pluralism -- A history of the philosophy of sex and love -- The ancients; medieval philosophy; modern philosophy; the twentieth century; contemporary philosophy -- Sex -- Sexual concepts -- Analytic questions; sexual activity; sexual desire; social constructionism; polysemicity ; sexual sensations -- Sexual perversion -- St. thomas aquinas; problems with natural law; psychological perversion; psychiatry and perversion; a conceptual framework -- Sexual ethics -- Contraception; beyond natural law; (...)
     
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  19. Union, Autonomy, and Concern.Alan Soble - 1997 - In Roger E. Lamb (ed.), Love Analyzed. Westview Press. pp. 65--92.
     
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  20. Eros, Agape, and Philia: Readings in the Philosophy of Love.Alan Soble (ed.) - 1989 - Paragon House.
  21. Women and Values.Alan Soble - 2000 - Teaching Philosophy 23 (2):215-220.
    A review of the third edition of Women and Values, edited by M. Pearsall.
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  22. The Philosophy of Sex: Contemporary Readings.Alan Soble (ed.) - 2002 - Rowman & Littlefield.
    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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  23. Philosophy of Love: A Partial Summing-Up.Irving Singer & Alan Soble - 2009 - MIT Press.
    In 1984, Irving Singer published the first volume of what would become a classic and much acclaimed trilogy on love. Trained as an analytical philosopher, Singer first approached his subject with the tools of current philosophical methodology. Dissatisfied by the initial results, he turned to the history of ideas in philosophy and the arts for inspiration. He discovered an immensity of speculation and artistic practice that reached wholly beyond the parameters he had been trained to consider truly philosophical. In his (...)
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    Pornography: Defamation and the Endorsement of Degradation.Alan Soble - 1985 - Social Theory and Practice 11 (1):61-87.
  25. [Book Review] Sexual Investigations. [REVIEW]Alan Soble - 1999 - Ethics 109 (4).
     
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  26. Sex From Plato to Paglia: A Philosophical Encyclopedia.Alan Soble (ed.) - 2006 - Greenwood Press.
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    Making Sex.Alan Soble - 1991 - Teaching Philosophy 14 (3):339-342.
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    Review of “The Reasons of Love”. [REVIEW]Alan Soble - 2005 - Essays in Philosophy 6 (1).
  29. Masturbation.Alan Soble - 1980 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 61 (3):233.
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    The Unity of Romantic Love.Alan Soble - 1987 - Philosophy and Theology 1 (4):374-397.
    Romantic love is analyzed as including concern, admiration, the desire for reciprocity, exclusivity, and the passion for union. I argue that the passion for union is its central element. An analysis of “x admires y” which recognizes the intentionality of admiration is used to explain how romantic love practices turn out to be sexist . The analysis also shows that idealization is a special case of admiration, and is therefore not an essential part of romantic love.
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    Sex, Love, and Friendship: Studies of the Society for the Philosophy of Sex and Love, 1977-1992.Alan Soble (ed.) - 1997 - Rodopi.
    This collection joins together sixty essays on the philosophy of love and sex. Each was presented at a meeting of The Society for the Philosophy of Sex and Love held between 1977 and 1992 and later revised for this edition. Topics addressed include ethical and political issues , conceptual matters ; the study of classical and historical figures ; and issues in feminist theory . Authors include Jerome Shaffer, Sandra Harding, Michael Ruse, Richard Mohr, Russell Vannoy, Claudia Card, M.C. Dillon, (...)
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  32. Sexual Use and What To Do About It: Internalist and Externalist Sexual Ethics.Alan Soble - 2001 - Essays in Philosophy 2 (2).
    I begin by describing the hideous nature of sexuality, that which makes sexual desire and activity morally suspicious, or at least what we have been told about the moral foulness of sex by, in particular, Immanuel Kant, but also by some of his predecessors and by some contemporary philosophers.2 A problem arises because acting on sexual desire, given this Kantian account of sex, apparently conflicts with the Categorical Imperative. I then propose a typology of possible solutions to this sex problem (...)
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    Case Studies in Bioethics: Drug Treatment or Drug Addiction?Robert F. Murray & Alan Soble - 1974 - Hastings Center Report 4 (3):10.
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    Love is Not Beautiful: "Symposium" 200e-201c.Alan Soble - 1985 - Apeiron 19 (1):43 - 52.
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    Concerning Self-Love: Analytic Problems in Frankfurt's Account of Love.Alan Soble - 2011 - Essays in Philosophy 12 (1):5.
    In The Reasons of Love, Harry Frankfurt proposes a philosophical account of love according to which there are four necessary conditions for the occurrence of love. We may ask reasonable questions about these four conditions: Is each condition adequately analytically defined? Is each condition plausibly a necessary condition for love, and has Frankfurt defended their necessity with good arguments? Are all four conditions consistent with each other? And if the four conditions are only necessary, and hence tell us only when (...)
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    Analyzing Love.Alan Soble - 1989 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 19 (4):493-500.
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    Philosophy and Sex, 2nd Ed.Alan Soble - 1985 - Teaching Philosophy 8 (3):250-251.
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  38. Mark Fisher, Personal Love Reviewed By.Alan Soble - 1992 - Philosophy in Review 12 (1):21-23.
     
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    Paternalism, Liberal Theory, and Suicide.Alan Soble - 1982 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 12 (2):335 - 352.
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    Feminist Epistemology and Women Scientists.Alan Soble - 1983 - Metaphilosophy 14 (3-4):291-307.
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    Pornography and the Social Sciences: Reply to Brannigan and Goldenberg.Alan Soble - 1988 - Social Epistemology 2 (2):135 – 144.
  42. Irving Singer, The Nature of Love, Volume 3. The Modern World Reviewed By.Alan Soble - 1988 - Philosophy in Review 8 (2):74-76.
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    Comments on “Good Sex on Kantian Grounds, or A Reply to Alan Soble,” or A Reply to Joshua Schulz.Alan Soble - 2007 - Essays in Philosophy 8 (2):1.
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    Reviews of Feyerabend's Critique of Foundationalism George Couvalis, 1989 Aldershot, Avebury Press X+158 Pp., Hardback, ISBN 0 566 07043 X Whose Science? Whose Knowledge? Thinking From Women's Lives Sandra Harding, 1991 Buckingham, Open University Press Xii + 319pp. [REVIEW]John Preston & Alan Soble - 1992 - International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 6 (2):155-162.
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    Physical Attractiveness and Unfair Discrimination.Alan Soble - 1982 - International Journal of Applied Philosophy 1 (1):37-64.
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  46. Pornography: Marxism, Feminism, and the Future of Sexuality.Alan Soble - 1989 - Studies in Soviet Thought 37 (1):37-38.
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    Letters to the Editor.Jim Stone, Ron Amundson, Jonathan Bennett, Joram Graf Haber, Lina Levit Haber, Jack Nass, Bernard H. Baumrin, Sarah W. Emery, Frank B. Dilley, Marilyn Friedman, Christina Sommers & Alan Soble - 1992 - Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 65 (5):87 - 99.
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    Bad Apples: The Influence of Politics on Scholarship.Alan G. Soble - 1999 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 29 (3):354-88.
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    Ann Ferguson,Sexual Democracy: Women, Oppression, and Revolution. [REVIEW]Alan Soble - 1993 - Journal of Value Inquiry 27 (2):261-270.
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    Book Review:Rights, Killing, and Suffering. R. G. Frey; Animals and Why They Matter. Mary Midgley; The Case for Animal Rights. Tom Regan. [REVIEW]Alan Soble - 1985 - Ethics 96 (1):192-.
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