Sexual Solipsism: Philosophical Essays on Pornography and Objectification

Sexual Solipsism: Philosophical Essays on Pornography and Objectification

by Rae Langton
     
 

Rae Langton here draws together her work on pornography and objectification, and shows how both involve a kind of solipsism, a failure to treat women as fully human. She argues that pornography is a speech act that subordinates and silences women, and that, given certain liberal principles, women have rights against it. She explores the traditional Kantian idea that… See more details below

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Rae Langton here draws together her work on pornography and objectification, and shows how both involve a kind of solipsism, a failure to treat women as fully human. She argues that pornography is a speech act that subordinates and silences women, and that, given certain liberal principles, women have rights against it. She explores the traditional Kantian idea that there is something wrong with treating a person as a thing, and highlights an additional epistemological dimension to objectification: it is through a kind of self-fulfilling projection of beliefs about women as subordinate that women are treated as things. These controversial essays include three new pieces written especially for the volume. They will make stimulating reading for anyone interested in feminism's dialogue with moral and political philosophy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199247066
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/15/2009
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Speech Acts and Unspeakable Acts 25

2 Dangerous Confusion? Response to Ronald Dworkin 65

3 Freedom of Illocution? Response to Daniel Jacobson Rae Langton Langton, Rae Jennifer Hornsby Hornsby, Jennifer 75

4 Pornography' s Authority? Response to Leslie Green 89

5 Pornography's Divine Command? Response to Judith Butler 103

6 Whose Right? Ronald Dworkin, Women, and Pornographers 117

7 Equality and Moralism: Response to Ronald Dworkin 165

8 Scorekeeping in a Pornographic Language Game Rae Langton Langton, Rae Caroline West West, Caroline 173

9 Duty and Desolation 197

10 Autonomy - Denial in Objectification 223

11 Projection and Objectification 241

12 Feminism in Epistemology: Exclusion and Objectification 267

13 Speaker's Freedom and Maker's Knowledge 289

14 Sexual Solipsism 311

15 Love and Solipsism 357

Bibliography 383

Index 399

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