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Sexual Solipsism: Philosophical Essays on Pornography and Objectification

Rae Langton


This book collects together fifteen chapters on pornography and objectification. Arguments from uncontroversial liberal premises are shown to yield controversial feminist conclusions that pornography of a certain kind subordinates and silences women, and that women have rights against it. The arguments draw on speech act theory and pragmatics to show how such pornography may be speech that subordinates and silences. It subordinates if it is an illocution that ranks women, deprives women of powers, and legitimates violence and discrimination. It silences if it creates illocutionary disablement, ... More

Keywords: objectification, pornography, speech act theory, pragmatics, discrimination, illocutionary disablement, Kant, love, friendship, solipsism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199247066
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199247066.001.0001


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Rae Langton, author
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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