Dating: Flirting With Big Ideas

Dating: Flirting With Big Ideas

Paperback Philosophy for Everyone

Edited by Kristie Miller, Edited by Marlene Clark, Series edited by Fritz Allhoff, Foreword by Joshua Wolf Shenk

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  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 228mm x 24mm | 381g
  • Publication date: 18 January 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Chicester
  • ISBN 10: 1444330225
  • ISBN 13: 9781444330229
  • Sales rank: 829,327

Product description

Progressing from the first flirtatious moment of eye contact to theselection of a mate, this enlightening bookoffers playful philosophical explorations of the dating game foranyone who has dated, is dating, or intends to date again. * Offers amusing and enlightening philosophical insights into thedating game * Helps demystify coupling in the 21st century forthose young daters just entering the fray, and those veteransreturning to the game * Features contributions from a wide range of disciplines,including philosophy, psychology, communications, theology,economics, health sciences, professional ethics, and engineeringand applied sciences * Opens with Carrie Jenkins ground-breaking essay, ThePhilosophy of Flirting, first published in ThePhilosopher s Magazine

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Author information

Editors Kristie Miller is a research fellow in philosophy at theUniversity of Sydney, Australia. She is the author of Issues inTheoretical Diversity: Persistence, Composition and Time (2006)as well as numerous journal articles on related topics. Marlene Clark is an Associate Professor of English at theCity College Center for Worker Education, City University of NewYork. Her composition textbook, Juxtapositions: Ideas forCollege Writers (2005), is in its third edition. Series Editor Fritz Allhoff is an Assistant Professor in the PhilosophyDepartment at Western Michigan University, as well as a SeniorResearch Fellow at the Australian National University sCentre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics. In addition toediting the Philosophy for Everyone series, Allhoff is thevolume editor or co-editor for several titles, including Wine& Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell, 2007), Whiskey PHIlosophy (with Marcus P. Adams, Wiley, 2009), and Food& Philosophy (with Dave Monroe, Wiley-Blackwell,2007).

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"If you enjoy philosophy and are dating (or find the topic interesting), then by all means this is a book you would want to check out." (, January 2011)

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Speed dating, online dating, group blind dating, dating consultants... A booming dating industry is catering to an ever-increasing number of single adults in the twenty-first century, with the market for a mate now pulling in more than a billion dollars a year in the United States. So, how do we successfully attempt to navigate the dating minefield? Progressing from the first flirtatious moment of eye contact to the selection of a "mate," "Dating - Philosophy for Everyone" includes a number of playful yet relevant essays for anyone who has dated, is dating, or intends to date again. It offers fascinating philosophical explorations of topics such as: The taboos of dating and how to play the dating game Should science teach men how to attract women? The problem of having too much choice The vicissitudes of dating and mating are explored from a number of perspectives, all of which will help demystify coupling in the twenty-first century for those young daters just entering the fray, and those veterans returning to the game.

Table of contents

Foreword (Joshua Wolf Shenk, Acknowledgments (Kristie Miller, University of Sydney andMarlene Clark, City University of New York). Flirting with Big Ideas: An Introduction to Dating Philosophy for Everyone (Kristie Miller, University of Sydney andMarlene Clark, City University of New York). Part I: Getting Started: From Flirting to Dating: 1. The Philosophy of Flirting (Carrie S. Jenkins, Universityof Nottingham). 2. Good Girls Don t, but Boys Don t Either: Toward aConservative Position on Male Flirting (Emily Langan, WheatonCollege). 3. Love for Sale: Dating as a Calculated Exchange (JenniferA. Samp, University of Georgia and Andrew I. Cohen, Georgia StateUniversity). 4. The Dating Elevator: Pushing the Right Buttons and Movingfrom Floor to Floor (John Rowan, Purdue University and PatriciaHallen, Purdue University). Part II: No-No s: Dating Taboos: 5. Crazy in Love : The Nature of Romantic Love(Mary Beth Yount, Duquesne University). 6. I m Dating My Sister, and Other Taboos (KristieMiller, University of Sydney). 7. Just Pushy Enough (Anne Barnhill, Johns HopkinsUniversity). 8. Buy My Love: On Sex Workers, Gold Diggers, and RulesGirls (Kyla Reid, University of Sydney and Tinashe Dune,University of Sydney). Part III: Rolling Right Along: Dating Like a Pro: 9. Against Matchmaking (Joshua S. Heter, St. LouisUniversity). 10. Hitting the Bars with Aristotle: Dating in a Time ofUncertainty (Richard Paul Hamilton, University of Notre DameAustralia). 11. I ve Never Been on a Date (yet Somehow I Got Married!)(Andrew Terjesen, Rhodes College). 12. Morality, Spontaneity, and the Art of Getting (Truly) Luckyon the First Date (Christopher Brown, National University ofSingapore and David W. Tien, National University ofSingapore). Part IV: Another World: Cyber-Rendezvous: 13. Dating and Play in Virtual Worlds (Bo Brinkman, MiamiUniversity, Ohio). 14. How To Be Yourself in an Online World (Dan Silber,Florida Southern College). Part V: From Date to Mate: Natural Selection?: 15. Evolutionary Psychology and Seduction Strategies: ShouldScience Teach Men How to Attract Women? (Hichem Naar, Universityof Manchester and Alberto Masala, University ofParis-Sorbonne). 16. Mating, Dating, and Mathematics: It s All in the Game(Mark Colyvan, University of Sydney). 17. Why Less May Be More: Dating and the City (Marlene Clark,City University of New York). Notes on Contributors.