Art and Pornography: Philosophical Essays

Paperback | August 2, 2015

EditorHans Maes, Jerrold Levinson

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Art and Pornography presents a series of essays which investigate the artistic status and aesthetic dimension of pornographic pictures, films, and literature, and explores the distinction, if there is any, between pornography and erotic art. Is there any overlap between art and pornography, orare the two mutually exclusive? If they are, why is that? If they are not, how might we characterize pornographic art or artistic pornography, and how might pornographic art be distinguished, if at all, from erotic art? Can there be aesthetic experience of pornography? What are some of thepsychological, social, and political consequences of the creation and appreciation of erotic art or artistic pornography? Leading scholars from around the world address these questions, and more, and bring together different aesthetic perspectives and approaches to this widely consumed, increasinglyvisible, yet aesthetically underexplored cultural domain. The book, the first of its kind in philosophical aesthetics, will contribute to a more accurate and subtle understanding of the many representations that incorporate explicit sexual imagery and themes, in both high art and demotic culture, in Western and non-Western contexts. It is sure to stirdebate, and healthy controversy.

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Art and Pornography presents a series of essays which investigate the artistic status and aesthetic dimension of pornographic pictures, films, and literature, and explores the distinction, if there is any, between pornography and erotic art. Is there any overlap between art and pornography, orare the two mutually exclusive? If they are...

Hans Maes received his PhD from the University of Leuven, Belgium, and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Helsinki, Finland, and University of Maryland, USA. He is currently Lecturer in History and Philosophy of Art at the University of Kent and Associate Director of the Aesthetics Research Group. He has authored pap...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.74 inPublished:August 2, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionI. Pornography, Erotica, and Art1. Hans Maes: Who Says Pornography Can't Be Art?2. Alex Neill: The Pornographic, the Erotic, the Charming, and the Sublime3. David Davies: Pornography, Art, and the Intended Response of the Receiver4. Jerrold Levinson: Is Pornographic Art Comparable to Religious Art? Reply to DaviesII. Pornography, Imagination, and Fiction5. Cain Todd: Imagination, Fantasy, and Sexual Desire6. Kathleen Stock: Pornography and Imagining about Oneself7. Christy Mag Uidhir and Henry John Pratt: Pornography at the Edge: Depiction, Fiction, and Sexual PredelictionIII. Pornography, Medium, and Genre8. Petra van Brabandt and Jesse Prinz: Why Do Porn Films Suck9. Bence Nanay: Anti-Pornography: Andre Kertesz's Distortions10. Michael Newall: An Aesthetics of Transgressive PornographyIV. Pornography, Ethics, and Feminism11. Brandon Cooke: On the Ethical Distinction Between Art and Pornography12. Andrew Kania: Concepts of Pornography: Aesthetics, Feminism, and Methodology13. A. W. Eaton: What's Wrong With The (Female) Nude? A Feminist Perspective on Art and Pornography14. Elisabeth Schellekens: Taking a Moral Perspective: On Voyeurism in ArtIndex

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"Art and Pornography is a very successful venture into a new region of aesthetics. . . .The book not only joins in the existing discussion-it succeeds in setting new standards for it. Pornography was largely treated as a fairly homogeneous phenomenon in the past, but the insightful unpackingof the concept offered by the authors, the instructive examples and analyses of less straightforward works, the exploration of its subgenres, and the attention given to artworks with clearly pornographic content leave a much more varied and interesting landscape. Such diversification opens multiplenew avenues for research, and as the dispute over whether pornography can be art strongly leans toward a positive answer, the book provides an inspiration for inquiring into the value, characteristics. creation, and reception of pornographic art." --Simon Fokt, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism