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One Body: An Essay in Christian Sexual Ethics (Notre Dame Studies in Ethics and Culture) Paperback – May 15, 2012
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- Publisher : University of Notre Dame Press; 1st edition (May 15, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 480 pages
- ISBN-10 : 026803897X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0268038977
- Item Weight : 1.3 pounds
- Dimensions : 9 x 6 x 1 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,392,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Alexander Pruss' remarkable new book is unusual in that it offers a comprehensive book-length treatment of sex from somebody trained in the most demanding fields of analytic philosophy. But fear not! Pruss' book combines intelligence and rigor with exceptional clarity. It is an absolute pleasure to read.
Pruss calls his approach an "ethics of love." His central argument, which draws from the Bible, Aquinas, Kierkegaard as well as leading modern secular philosophers, is developed around the idea that "to love someone as they are requires that the love have an appropriate *form* and that one's actions be true to that form." This means (to simplify) that to love correctly we need to understand what kind of union with the beloved is truly beneficial given the particular "form" of love that exists in a relationship. With this notion in hand, Pruss leads the reader through a dazzling exploration of human sexuality, touching upon all the most debated issues of the day (contraception, same-sex marriage, pornography, dating, you name it).
After 465 engrossing pages, I was sad to reach the end of this book. I take some solace, however, in the fact that it will be widely discussed!
(Please ignore the buffoonish one-star review below.)
He is so smart, he is dull and not very wise. The book I checked out from my university library in Texas had never even been read. I can see why.