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Sexual Ethics in a Secular Age

Is There Still a Virtue of Chastity?

Eric J. Silverman (Redaktør)

This collection features essays from top experts in ethics and philosophy of love that offer varying perspectives on the value of a contemporary secular virtue of chastity.


The virtue of chastity has traditionally been portrayed as an excellent personal disposition concerning the ideal ordering of sexual desire such that the person desires that which is actually good for both the self and others affected by his or her sexual desires and actions. Les mer
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This collection features essays from top experts in ethics and philosophy of love that offer varying perspectives on the value of a contemporary secular virtue of chastity.


The virtue of chastity has traditionally been portrayed as an excellent personal disposition concerning the ideal ordering of sexual desire such that the person desires that which is actually good for both the self and others affected by his or her sexual desires and actions. Yet, for roughly the past half century chastity has been increasingly portrayed as an unnecessary ideal with few secular benefits that could not be otherwise obtained. Instead, chastity is sometimes portrayed as an odd kind of religious asceticism with few secular benefits. The essays in this volume ask whether there may be advantages to reconsidering a contemporary virtue of chastity. A recovered and reconceptualized concept of chastity can offer partial solutions to problems associated with externalized sexual desire, including sweeping patterns of sexual harassment, the high divorce/relationship-failure rate, and widespread pornography use.


Sexual Ethics in a Secular Age will appeal to researchers and advanced students interested in the philosophy of sex and love, virtue ethics, and philosophical accounts of secularity.

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Innholdsfortegnelse

Section I: Visions of Contemporary Chastity


1. Chastity and the Well-Lived Life


Jennifer A. Herdt


2. Sexuality as Secularly Sacred


Alexander R. Pruss


3. Contemporary Chastity Still Consists in Principles of Temperance, Justice, and Prudence


Eric J. Silverman


4. Chastity, Lust, and Practical Wisdom


Michael Beaty


Section II: The Limits and Dangers of Chastity


5. Is Chastity a Virtue?


Alan H. Goldman


6. Chastity, Power Dynamics, and Enduring Spousal Love


R. Mary Hayden Lemmons


Section III: Culturally Contextualized Expressions of Chastity


7. Finding Chastity in a Secular Age: Chastity as a Virtue of Sexual Autonomy


Nancy E. Snow


8. Cephalus: A Quotidian Case for Chastity in Republic I


Kevin Kambo


9. The Family as the Foundation of the Confucian Ethical Order





Benjamin Huff


Section IV: Chastity and Objectification


10. Sexual Temperance and Sexual Objectification


Raja Halwani


11. Objectification, Indication, and Chastity


Dustin Crummett


Section V: Specific Applications of Chastity


12. Chastity in the Workplace


Chris Tweedt


13. A Renewed Chastity for a New Era: An Aretaic Response to Contemporary Pornography





Joseph Prud'homme

Om forfatteren

Eric J. Silverman is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Christopher Newport University. He has written two monographs: The Supremacy of Love: An Agape Centered Vision of Aristotelian Virtue Ethics (2019) and The Prudence of Love: How Possessing the Virtue of Love Benefits the Agent (2010). He has also co-edited Paradise Understood: New Philosophical Essays About Heaven (2017).