Alan Soble, PhD

Adjunct Professor

Alan Soble

Office: 0032D MacAlister Hall


  • BS, Biology, Albright College, 1969
  • MA, Pharmacology, University of Buffalo, 1972
  • PhD, Philosophy, University of Buffalo, 1976


Alan Gerald Soble (born 1947) is an American philosopher and author of several books on the philosophy of sex. Soble was born to William and Sylvia Soble in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Early in his professional career, Soble wrote papers in areas of Ethics and Epistemology. In the late 1970s he began to help articulate the fledgling specialty of the "Philosophy of Sex", becoming one of the founding scholars and leaders of the field. In 1977, while at the University of Texas in Austin, he also founded The Society for the Philosophy of Sex & Love, serving as the society's director from 1977 to 1992; the proceedings of the Society were published in 1997 as Sex, Love, and Friendship with Soble as editor.

In subsequent years, Soble has edited or written many works in this field. In late 2005 he completed the central reference work in the philosophy of sex, Sex from Plato to Paglia.

Alan Soble has taught at a dozen American colleges/universities, including a twenty-year tenure at the University of New Orleans, where he was Professor and University Research Professor of Philosophy. He left UNO in 2006 (after Hurricane Katrina), and is now a UNO Emeritus. Soble (aka "Dr. S.") continues to teach logic, philosophy of sex and love, critical reasoning, and other courses at Drexel University.

Favorite Authors and/or Books: Iris Murdoch (e.g., The Black Prince); Philip Roth (e.g., Sabbath's Theater).

Favorite Musical Artists: Sniff 'n' the Tears ("Driver's Seat"); the lyrics for and the tune "America" (West Side Story); Mark Knopfler's "legendary" electric guitar solo.

Personal Interests and Hobbies: Chess (tournament level); Philately and Postal History; Pinball.

A Favorite Quote: "Now what?" (Baby Blues); "His dress was rich with the richness which was" (Arthur Conan Doyle).

Favorite TV Show: From which of my six decades of TV watching? At first: Perry Mason; then: Monday Night Football (Howard Cosell, Al Michaels); now: Aqua Teen Hunger Force.

One thing that makes me smile is: Nicole, Eileen, Mary Beth, & Janel.

A Pet Peeve: Students (way too many) who misuse "Their," "They're," and "There."

One hidden talent is: The ability to keep hidden my many hidden talents.

One reason I like my job is: It's as close as I'll get to being a Stand-Up Comedian.


  • Soble, Alan (2006). Sex from Plato to Paglia: A Philosophical Encyclopedia, (editor), 2 volumes. Greenwood Press. ISBN 0-313-32686-X.
  • Soble, Alan (2002). Philosophy of Sex, 4th edition. Rowman and Littlefield. ISBN 0-7425-1346-7.
  • Soble, Alan & Nicholas Power, eds. (2008). Philosophy of Sex, 5th edition. Rowman and Littlefield. ISBN 0-7425-4798-8.
  • Soble, Alan (2002). Pornography, Sex, and Feminism. Prometheus Books. ISBN 1-57392-944-1.
  • Soble, Alan; trans. D. DiFalco (2007). Pornografia, sesso e femminismo. Effepi Libri. ISBN 88-6002-010-9.
  • Soble, Alan (1998). The Philosophy of Sex and Love: An Introduction. Paragon House. ISBN 1-55778-716-6.
  • Soble, Alan (2008). The Philosophy of Sex and Love: An Introduction, 2nd edition, revised and expanded. Paragon House. ISBN 1-55778-875-7.
  • Soble, Alan (1997). Sex, Love, and Friendship. Rodopi [Amsterdam]. ISBN 90-420-0227-1.
  • Soble, Alan (1996). Sexual Investigations. New York University Press. ISBN 0-8147-8085-7.
  • Soble, Alan (1990). The Structure of Love. Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-04566-2.
  • Soble, Alan (1989, 1999). Eros, Agape, and Philia. Paragon House. ISBN 1-55778-278-4.
  • Soble, Alan (1986). Pornography: Marxism, Feminism and the Future of Sexuality. Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-03524-1.