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In Defense of Sin


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In Defense of Sin by John Portmann
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Titillating, intriguing and occasionally unsettling, "In Defense of Sin" allows readers to judge for themselves if they should follow the Ten Commandments or if sin is now simply a thing of the past. It has Jonathan Swift on murder, Oscar Wilde on deceit, Freud on breaking the golden rule, Seneca on suicide, and Joyce Carol Oates on despair. This collection takes sin on its own terms and dares to question how and why sins like promiscuity, lying and lust might be defended.

Author Biography

JOHN PORTMANN studied philosophy at Yale and Cambridge University and has written numerous articles on ethics and morality. The author of When Bad Things Happen To Other People, Portmann lives in Charlottesville, VA. His forthcoming book with Palgrave is Sex and Heaven (May 2002). Portmann lectures at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville.
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March 25th, 2003
Country of Publication
United States
St Martin's Press
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