Human sexuality is the topic of a new book by Dr. Scott Stewart, a Professor of Philosophy at Cape Breton University (CBU), titled Philosophizing About Sex (Broadview Press). Co-authored by Laurie Shrage, a Professor of Philosophy and Women’s and Gender Studies at Florida International University, a launch is being held on Wednesday, February 25 at 2 p.m. at the CBU Art Gallery. The event is free and copies of the book will be on sale.
“This book began rather serendipitously when I invited Laurie Shrage, from Florida International University in Miami, to give a talk at a visiting speaker series I was organizing at CBU. During her visit, she invited me to join her in this book project. I am very glad she did! The initial response has been great and I am enjoying using it as the text in my Philosophies of Love, Sex, and Friendship class,” says Stewart.
Ancient Greek philosophers, medieval theologians, Enlightenment thinkers, and contemporary humanists alike have debated all aspects of human sexuality, including its purpose, permissibility, normalcy, and risks. Philosophizing About Sex provides a philosophical guide to those longstanding and important debates. Each chapter takes a general issue (freedom, privacy, objectification, etc.) and shows how ongoing public discussions of sexuality can be illuminated by careful philosophical investigation. Debates over topics such as sexual assault, sexual orientation, sex education, prostitution, and "sexting" involve larger questions about morality, law, science, and politics and cannot be intelligently discussed in isolation from broader issues. By asking deceptively simple questions, this book shows how difficult but important it is to arrive at satisfying answers.