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Ecstatic Morality and Sexual Politics
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This first book-length treatment of Thomas Aquinas'stheory of the body presents a Catholic understandingof the body and its implications for social and politicalphilosophy. Making a fundamental contribution toantitotalitarian theory, McAleer argues that a sexual politicsreliant upon Aquinas's theory of the body is better (becauseless violent) than other commonly available theories.He contrasts this theory with those of four other groupsof thinkers: the continental tradition represented by Kant,Schopenhauer, Merleau-Ponty, Nancy, Levinas, and Deleuze;feminism, in the work of Donna Haraway; an alternativeCatholic theory to be found in Karl Rahner; and theRadical Orthodoxyof John Milbank.

Table of Contents

  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Ecstatic Morality and Sexual Politics
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xvii
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  1. Chapter 1: Desire and Violence
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. Chapter 2: Ecstatic Being
  2. pp. 13-33
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  1. Chapter 3: The Politics of the Flesh
  2. pp. 34-60
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  1. Chapter 4: The Law of the Flesh
  2. pp. 61-73
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  1. Chapter 5: The Body as Cross
  2. pp. 74-93
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  1. Chapter 6: The Politics of the Flesh Revisited
  2. pp. 94-114
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  1. Chapter 7: Is Contraception a Human Right?
  2. pp. 115-136
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  1. Chapter 8: The Wedding Feast of the Lamb
  2. pp. 137-155
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  1. Chapter 9: The Politics of the Cross
  2. pp. 156-179
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  1. Concluding Remarks
  2. pp. 181-187
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 189-221
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 223-233
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 235-237
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