The Ethics and Politics of Pornography

Hardcover | September 27, 2013

byD. Rose

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The existence of pornography is a contemporary moral problem par excellence. Its production, exchange and consumption raise a host of moral and political concerns: coercion, exploitation, harm, freedom of expression and the promulgation of sexist attitudes. The current work demonstrates that the moral and political problems with pornography can philosophically be reduced to one overarching concept, objectification, and that a lack of philosophical subtlety in understanding that concept has led to over simplistic discussions of the subject. By drawing the concept of objectification and the related concept of alienation out of Hegelian social ethics, the current work aims to relate discussion to our current material existence and the atomism of capitalism.

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The existence of pornography is a contemporary moral problem par excellence. Its production, exchange and consumption raise a host of moral and political concerns: coercion, exploitation, harm, freedom of expression and the promulgation of sexist attitudes. The current work demonstrates that the moral and political problems with pornog...

David Edward Rose is a Lecturer in Philosophy at Newcastle University, UK, with interests in Hegelian ethics and counter-enlightenment thought and their application to contemporary moral and political issues. He has previously published books on the concept of free will and Hegel's philosophy of right and has published various article...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:260 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:September 27, 2013Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230371116

ISBN - 13:9780230371118

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
1. Risky Business
2. The Mull of Kintyre is Not in Naples: The Definition of Pornography
3. Oblique Suggestions, Polarized Pumpkin Eaters and Women Haters: The Morality of Pornography
4. Otherwise We'll Have Words: The Politics of Pornography
5. Rae Langton's Photo: Domination, Subordination, Equality
6. 'I Can't Do It By Myself!': Social Ethics and Pornography
7. Money-Makers and Shadows
Notes
Cited Texts
Index