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Beyond SpeechPornography and Analytic Feminist Philosophy$
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Mari Mikkola

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190257910

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190257910.001.0001

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Feminist Philosophy and Pornography

Feminist Philosophy and Pornography

The Past, The Present, and The Future

(p.1) Chapter 1 Feminist Philosophy and Pornography
Beyond Speech

Hilkje Charlotte Hänel

Mari Mikkola

Oxford University Press

This introduction to the book provides an overview of past feminist debates in analytic philosophy on the topic of pornography, focusing on the aspects of subordination and silencing. It presents some critical questions of the current debate, such as whether the subordination claim stands up to scrutiny, whether the silencing claim is plausible, whether pornography objectifies, and whether it serves as subordinating speech. The chapter outlines various directions that the debate could take in the future (and does so in this volume). These are structured along the following topics: harm, epistemology, and aesthetics. The chapter highlights questions that were underrepresented in past debates and issues that deserve more attention. Finally, this introduction offers a guide through the rest of the chapters in the volume.

Keywords:   introduction, feminist, philosophy, pornography, subordination, silencing, objectify, harm, epistemology, aesthetics

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