Sexual Gifts and Sexual Duties

11 Pages Posted: 30 Sep 2019

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Alan Soble

University of New Orleans

Date Written: September 18, 2019


In this essay I explore the idea of whether there are sexual duties to others and what the source of such duties might be. I provide reasons for thinking that such duties exist (there might even be, ironically, a Christian sexual duty, flowing from the nature of agape). I also explore whether there are supererogatory sexual actions — sexual actions that go beyond the demands of duty. I begin with a personal example of having had sex with a woman in graduate school out of moral duty —at least what I thought at the time was my moral duty. I end by addressing numerous factors that can exist in such types of cases, showing how intricate and complex our thinking about these issues should be.

Keywords: sexual ethics, gifts, duties, Christian Agape, sexual consent

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Soble, Alan, Sexual Gifts and Sexual Duties (September 18, 2019). Available at SSRN: or

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