The Mismeasure of Desire
By (author) Edward Stein
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Mismeasure of Desire by Edward Stein
Book DescriptionIn recent years scientific research and popular opinion have favored the idea that sexual orientations are determined at birth. In this book, philosopher and legal theorist Edward Stein investigates scientific research on sexual orientation and shows that it is deeply flawed. He argues that this research assumes a picture of sexual desire that reflects unquestioned cultural stereotypes rather than cross-cultural scientific facts, and that it suffers from serious methodological problems. He then asks whether sexual orientation is amenable to empirical study and if it is useful for our understanding of human nature to categorize people based on their sexual desires. Perhaps most importantly, Stein examines some of the ethical issues surrounding such research, including gay and lesbian civil rights and the implications of parents trying to select or change the sexual orientation of their children.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195142440
(235mm x 154mm x 26mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 12-Apr-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Edward Stein
Without Good Reason, Paperback (December 1997)
A critical account of the debate in philoposhy and cognitive science about whether humans are rationale, in the CLARENDON LIBRARY OF LOGIC AND PHILOSOPHY series. Stein argues that the question of human rationality must be answered empirically. Originally published in 1996.
Forms of Desire, Paperback (March 1993)» View all books by Edward Stein
These essays address what is perhaps the central issue in lesbian and gay studies, the social constructionist controversy. Social constructionism is the view that the categories of sexual orientation are cultural constructs rather than universal categories of nature.
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Author Biography - Edward Stein
Edward Stein is an Associate Professor of Law at the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law in New York City. He is the author of Without Good Reason: The Rationality Debate in Philosophy and Cognitive Science. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from M.I.T., a J.D. from Yale Law School, and he has previously taught at Yale University, New York University, Mount Holyoke College, and Williams College.
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