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Analytic Approaches to Pornography and Objectification

Mary Kate McGowan and Bianka Takaoka

in Philosophy

ISBN: 9780195396577
Published online May 2015 | | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195396577-0263
Analytic Approaches to Pornography and Objectification

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Analytic philosophers have explored whether and how pornography, or its consumption, contributes to the (sexual) objectification of women. This essay describes that literature. It does not cover, however, discussions about pornography and objectification in either continental feminism or aesthetics. Since pornography and objectification are each philosophically complex and controversial concepts, guidance on these respective literatures is presented before exploring the (analytic) literature concerning potential connections between them.

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Subjects: Philosophy ; Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art ; Epistemology ; Feminist Philosophy ; History of Western Philosophy ; Metaphysics ; Moral Philosophy ; Non-Western Philosophy ; Philosophy of Language ; Philosophy of Law ; Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic ; Philosophy of Mind ; Philosophy of Religion ; Philosophy of Science ; Social and Political Philosophy

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