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Art and Pornography: Philosophical Essays

Hans Maes and Jerrold Levinson


The chapters in this collection are ranged under four broad themes. Part I tackles the central issue of whether or not art and pornography are mutually exclusive in the most direct way. Part II explores the topic of imagination and fictionality in relation to pornography. Issues surrounding medium and genre provide the central focus of Part III, while Part IV addresses ethical and feminist concerns about pornography.

Keywords: art, pornography, aesthetics, erotic art, sex, feminism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199609581
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199609581.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hans Maes, editor
University of Kent

Jerrold Levinson, editor
University of Maryland

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Front Matter


Hans Maes and Jerrold Levinson

I Pornography, Erotica, and Art

II Pornography, Imagination, and Fiction

7 Pornography at the Edge

Christy Mag Uidhir and Henry John Pratt

III Pornography, Medium, and Genre

8 Why Do Porn Films Suck?

Petra Van Brabandt and Jesse Prinz

9 Anti-Pornography

Bence Nanay

IV Pornography, Ethics, and Feminism

14 Taking a Moral Perspective

Elisabeth Schellekens

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