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Sexual Morality

  1. Igor Primoratz

Published Online: 1 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444367072.wbiee127

The International Encyclopedia of Ethics

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Primoratz, I. 2013. Sexual Morality. The International Encyclopedia of Ethics. .

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  1. Published Online: 1 FEB 2013


Ethical discussions of sexual morality focus on two related questions. The first is about the contents of sexual morality: what is right and wrong, morally good or bad, in relation to sex? The second concerns the nature and standing of sexual morality: is there a set of moral considerations that apply only to sex-related behavior, or is such behavior to be guided by and judged in terms of moral considerations that also apply elsewhere? Are there distinctively sexual rights and wrongs, virtues and vices? Our answers to these questions will obviously be determined, wholly or largely, by our views of the nature of sex and its significance in human life.


  • ethics;
  • practical (applied) ethics