In Defense of Sin

Edited by John Portmann

Palgrave Macmillan Trade

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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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"Just what we frail and fallen mortals need--a book defending lust, gossip, deceit, and prostitution, and a book that is finally more moral than William J. Bennett's The Book of Virtues." --Stanley Fish, author of There's No Such Things as Free Speech

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Edited by John Portmann

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.

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In Defense of Sin
Edited by John Portmann

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
Palgrave Macmillan Trade
March 2003
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781403961426
ISBN10: 1403961425
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 320 pages
$20.00
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