March 3, 2006
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—Alan Soble, University Research Professor and professor of philosophy at the University of New Orleans, will give a talk titled “We All Know What Sex Is” at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 31, in the Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) at Amherst College. Sponsored by the Amherst College Department of Philosophy and the Joseph Epstein Lecture Fund, Soble’s talk is free and open to the public.

A leading contemporary philosopher of sex, Soble is the editor of Sex from Plato to Paglia: A Philosophical Encyclopedia (2005) and author of Pornography, Sex, and Feminism (2002), The Philosophy of Sex and Love (1998), Sexual Investigations (1996), The Structure of Love (1990) and Pornography: Marxism, Feminism and the Future of Sexuality (1986). Soble has a B.S. degree in biology from Albright College, an M.A. in pharmacology and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the State University of New York at Buffalo. In 1977, while an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin, he founded The Society for the Philosophy of Sex and Love, and he served as its director until 1992.

He is working on Immanuel Kant’s metaphysics and ethics of sexuality and has published “Sexual Use and What to Do about It: Internalist and Externalist Sexual Ethics,” in Essays in Philosophy 2:2 (2001).