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Beyond Speech: Pornography and Analytic Feminist Philosophy

Mari Mikkola


This collection of eleven previously unpublished chapters contains the latest developments in analytic feminist philosophy on the topic of pornography. A rich feminist literature on pornography has emerged since the 1980s, and Rae Langton’s speech act theoretic analysis has dominated specifically Anglo-American feminist philosophy on pornography. Despite this literature, there are considerable disagreements and precious little agreement on many key issues, such as what pornography is, whether (following Langton) it subordinates and silences women, whether it objectifies women in harmful ways, ... More

Keywords: pornography, analytic feminism, subordination, silencing, objectify, speech

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190257910
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190257910.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mari Mikkola, editor
Professor, Institute for Philosophy, Humboldt University, Berlin

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Chapter 1 Feminist Philosophy and Pornography

Hilkje Charlotte Hänel and Mari Mikkola

Part I Speech Act Approaches to Pornography

Chapter 4 Be What I Say

Louise Antony

Part II Pornography and Social Ontology

Chapter 5 What Women are For

Katharine Jenkins

Part III Objectification as Harm of Pornography

Part IV Feminist Pornography: An Oxymoron?

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