Last updated on: 2/4/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Scott A. Anderson, PhD Biography

Title:
Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“The normalization of prostitution would, however, greatly obscure the extent to which becoming a sex worker means, for many people, trading off control over their sexual choices for economic security. To the extent that barriers against workplace sexual harassment help secure sexual autonomy for workers, this kind of protection simply won’t extend to those whose economic situation makes prostitution their only viable economic option. Normalizing prostitution will, for this group at least, amount to surrendering sexual autonomy as a distinctive good to which they should be entitled.”

Ethics, July 2002

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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Assistant Professor, Philosophy, The University of British Columbia, 2003-present
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Philosophy, State University of New York, Albany, 2002-2003
  • Member, American Philosophical Association
Education:
  • PhD, Philosophy, University of Chicago, 2002
  • BA, Economics and Math, Indiana University, 1987
Other:
  • None found