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In Defense of Sin

In Defense of Sin

by John Portmann (Editor)


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Intriguing, and occasionally unsettling, In Defense of Sinis a refreshingly frank exploration of some real facts of life. Portmann gathers an on-target collection of great writers on transgressions large and small. Read about defenses for promiscuity, greed, deceit, gossip, lust, breaking the golden rule, and more--and use this unusual guide to decide for yourself if sin has a place in our contemporary, and virtually unshockable, society. Provocative and illuminating, this book may change how you think about sin, morality, and what's right. Contributors include Aaron Ben-Ze'ev, Anthony Ellis, Jane English, Ludwig Feuerbach, Sigmund Freud, Bernard Mandeville, Jerome Neu, Friedrich Nietzsche, David Novitz, Joyce Carol Oates, David A.J. Richards, Seneca, Jonathan Swift, Richard Wasserstrom, and Oscar Wilde.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781403961426
Publisher: St. Martin's Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/07/2003
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

John Portmann is the author of When Bad Things Happen to Other People.He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia and his forthcoming book is Sex and Heaven.

Table of Contents

The Half-Life of Sin by John Portmann * In Defense of Idolatry by Ludwig Feuerbach * In Defense of Blasphemy by Friedrich Nietzsche * In Defense of Dismissing Mother and Father by Jane English * In Defense of Murder by Jonathan Swift * In Defense of Adultery by Richard Wasserstrom * In Defense of Deceit by Oscar Wilde * In Defense of Greed by Bernard Mandeville * In Defense of Breaking the Golden Rule by Sigmund Freud * In Defense of Refusing to Forgive by David Novitz * In Defense of Pride, the Worst of the Seven Deadly Sins * In Defense of Gossip by Aaron Ben-Ze'ev * In Defense of Lust by John Portmann * In Defense of Promiscuity by Anthony Ellis * In Defense of Prostitution by David A. J. Richards * In Defense of Despair by Joyce Carol Oates * In Defense of Suicide by Seneca

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