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  1. Hasan A. Abbas & Salah M. Fadhli (2008). The Ethical Dilemma of Internet Pornography in the State of Kuwait. Acm Sigcas Computers and Society 38 (3):22-33.
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  2. Andrew Aberdein (2010). Strange Bedfellows: The Interpenetration of Philosophy and Pornography. In Dave Monroe (ed.), Porn: How to Think with Kink. Wiley-Blackwell 22-34.
    This paper explores some surprising historical connections between philosophy and pornography (including pornography written by or about philosophers, and works that are both philosophical and pornographic). Examples discussed include Diderot's Les Bijoux Indiscrets, Argens's Therésè Philosophe, Aretino's Ragionamenti, Andeli's Lai d'Aristote, and the Gor novels of John Norman. It observes that these works frequently dramatize a tension between reason and emotion, and argues that their existence poses a problem for philosophical arguments against pornography.
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  3. Alison Adam (2002). Cyberstalking and Internet Pornography: Gender and the Gaze. [REVIEW] Ethics and Information Technology 4 (2):133-142.
    This paper is based on the premise that the analysis of some cyberethics problems would benefit from a feminist treatment. It is argued that both cyberstalking and Internet child pornography are two such areas which have a `gendered' aspect which has rarely been explored in the literature. Against a wide ranging feminist literature of potential relevance, the paper explores a number of cases through a focused approach which weaves together feminist concepts of privacy and the gaze.
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  4. Alison Adam (2001). Book Reviews: Pornography and the Internet: “ The Biggest Dirty Bookshop in History?”. Acm Sigcas Computers and Society 31 (3):36-40.
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  5. Don Adams (2000). Can Pornography Cause Rape? Journal of Social Philosophy 31 (1):1–43.
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  6. A. Allen (2001). Power and Pornography. Journal of Social Philosophy 32 (4):512-531.
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  7. Amy Allen (2001). Pornography and Power. Journal of Social Philosophy 32 (4):512–531.
    When it was at its height, the feminist pornography debate tended to generate more heat than light. Only now that there has been a cease fire in the sex war does it seem possible to reflect on the debate in a more productive way and to address some of the questions that were left unresolved by it. In this paper, I shall argue that one of the major unresolved questions is that of how feminists should conceptualize power. The antipornography feminists (...)
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  8. B. Arcand (1997). Book Reviews : Dany Lacombe, Blue Politics: Pornography and the Law in the Age of Feminism. University of Toronto Press, Toronto, 1994. Pp. 229. $50.00 Cloth, $18.50 (Paper. [REVIEW] Philosophy of the Social Sciences 27 (1):136-139.
  9. Nancy Armstrong (2008). The Pornographic Effect. American Journal of Semiotics 7 (1/2):27 - 44.
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  10. Nancy Armstrong (1990). The Pornographic Effect: A Response. American Journal of Semiotics 7 (1/2):27-44.
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  11. Anna Arrowsmith (2013). My Pornographic Development. In Hans Maes (ed.), Pornographic Art and the Aesthetics of Pornography. Palgrave Macmillan 287.
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  12. David F. Austin (1999). (Sexual) Quotation Without (Sexual) Harassment?, Pornography in the College Classroom. In Vern Bullough & James Elias (eds.), Porn 101: Proceedings of the 1998 World Pornography Conference. Prometheus Books
  13. Theodore Bach (2010). Pornography as Simulation. In Dave Monroe (ed.), Pornography: Philosophy for Everyone.
    This essay explains the prevalence of porn consumption by modeling it as a form of simulation. According to simulation theory (Gordon 1986, Goldman 2006) people predict and explain other’s behavior by using their own mind to model the mind of a target individual, much like an engineer might use a model aircraft to simulate the behavior of an actual aircraft. However, the cognitive mechanisms required for simulation have application outside of psychological interpretation. For example, it is plausible that while consuming (...)
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  14. Christopher Bartel (2010). The 'Fine Art' of Pornography? In Dave Monroe (ed.), Porn: Philosophy for Everyone. Wiley-Blackwell 153--65.
    Can pornographic depictions have artistic value? Much pornography closely resembles art, at least in many superficial respects. Films, photographs, paintings—all of these can have artistic value. Of course, films, photographs and paintings can also be pornographic. If some photographs have artistic value, and some photographs are pornographic, can pornographic photographs have artistic value too? I argue that pornography may only possess artistic value despite, not by virtue of, its pornographic content.
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  15. Andrea Baumeister (1996). Pornography and Civil Rights: The Liberal Case Against Pornography. Res Publica 2 (2):205-214.
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  16. William Beaver (2000). The Dilemma of Internet Pornography. Business and Society Review 105 (3):373-382.
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  17. Piers Benn (1993). Pornography, Degradation and Rhetoric. Cogito 7 (2):127-134.
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  18. Fred R. Berger (1977). Pornography, Sex, and Censorship. Social Theory and Practice 4 (2):183-209.
  19. Claudia Bianchi (2008). Indexicals, Speech Acts and Pornography. Analysis 68 (300):310-316.
    In the last twenty years, recorded messages and written notes have become a significant test and an intriguing puzzle for the semantics of indexical expressions (see Smith 1989, Predelli 1996, 1998a,1998b, 2002, Corazza et al. 2002, Romdenh-Romluc 2002). In particular, the intention-based approach proposed by Stefano Predelli has proven to bear interesting relations to several major questions in philosophy of language. In a recent paper (Saul 2006), Jennifer Saul draws on the literature on indexicals and recorded messages in order to (...)
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  20. Luc Bovens (1998). Moral Luck, Photojournalism, and Pornography. Journal of Value Inquiry 32 (2):205-217.
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  21. Mark Bracher (2008). Writing and Imaging the Body in Pornography. American Journal of Semiotics 8 (4):105-130.
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  22. Augustine Brannigan & Sheldon Goldenberg (1988). Social Science Versus Jurisprudence in Wagner : The Study of Pornography, Harm, and the Law of Obscenity in Canada. Social Epistemology 2 (2):107 – 116.
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  23. Bob Brecher, Pornography: Men Possessing Women. A Reassessment.
    For a few years in the 1980s, Andrea Dworkin’s Pornography: Men Possessing Women appeared to have changed the intellectual landscape – as well as some people’s lives. Pornography, she argued, not only constitutes violence against women; it constitutes also the main conduit for such violence, of which rape is at once the prime example and the central image. In short, it is patriarchy’s most powerful weapon. Given that, feminists’ single most important task is to deal with pornography. By the early (...)
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  24. Samantha J. Brennan, Pornography, The Theory: What Utilitarianism Did to Action, by Frances Ferguson.
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  25. Jennifer E. Brown (1987). News Photographs and the Pornography of Grief. Journal of Mass Media Ethics 2 (2):75 – 81.
    Everyone knows a picture is worth a thousand words. But sometimes, especially in journalism, a picture can be worth much, much more. This added value isn't always positive. Pictures can inflict lasting pain on victims of grief and tragedy. This paper by an undergraduate journalism student explores the ethical dilemmas photographers face when capturing such traumatic incidents on film and explores the lack of professional guidelines available to guide them.
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  26. Rachel Browne (2005). 'Pornography, Sex And Feminism' By Alan Soble. [REVIEW] Philosophy Pathways 112.
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  27. Vern Bullough & James Elias (eds.) (1999). Porn 101: Proceedings of the 1998 World Pornography Conference. Prometheus Books.
  28. E. C. (1997). The Phenomenology of Pornography. Law and Philosophy 16 (2):177-199.
    Most people are familiar with Justice Stewart's now classic statement that while he cannot describe pornography, he certainly knows it when he sees it. We instantly identify with Justice Stewart. Pornography is not difficult to recognize, but it does elude description. This is because traditional attempts at description are attempts that seek to explain at either an abstract or empirical level rather than at the level that accounts for experience in its totality. Justice Stewart's lament represents the need to understand (...)
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  29. Claudia Card (1991). Book Review:Pornography: The Other Side. F. M. Christensen. [REVIEW] Ethics 101 (4):886-.
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  30. Claudia F. Card (ed.) (1999). Feminist Ethics and Politics. University Press of Kansas.
  31. Avedon Carol & Lee Kennedy (1994). Nudes, Prudes and Attitudes Pornography and Censorship.
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  32. Jacques N. Catudal (1999). Censorship, the Internet, and the Child Pornography Law of 1996: A Critique. [REVIEW] Ethics and Information Technology 1 (2):105-115.
    After describing the Child Pornography Prevention Act (CPPA) of 1996, I argue that the Act ought to be significantly amended. The central objections to CPPA are (1) that it is so broad in its main proscriptions as to violate the First Amendment rights of adults; (2) that it altogether fails to provide minors and their legal guardians with the privacy rights needed to combat the harms associated with certain classes of prurient material on the Internet; and, (3) that the actual (...)
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  33. Lynn S. Chancer (1998). Reconcilable Differences Confronting Beauty, Pornography, and the Future of Feminism. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
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  34. Amanda Chesworth (1999). Holy Pornography. Free Inquiry 19.
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  35. Ferrel M. Christensen (1990). Cultural and Ideological Bias in Pornography Research. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 20 (3):351-375.
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  36. Daniel I. A. Cohen (1994). The Hate That Dare Not Speak its Name: Pornography Qua Semi-Political Speech. [REVIEW] Law and Philosophy 13 (2):195 - 239.
    In this essay we shall examine the contemporary jurisprudential thinking and legal precedents surrounding the issue of the sanctionability of pornography. We shall catalogue them by their logical presumptions, such as whether they view pornography as speech or act, whether they view pornography as obscenity, political hate-speech or anomalous other, whether they would scrutinize legislation governing pornography by a balancing of the harm of repression against the harm of permission, and who exactly they view as the victims.We shall take a (...)
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  37. Lindsay Coleman & Jacob M. Held (eds.) (2014). The Philosophy of Pornography: Contemporary Perspectives. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    Even as it skirts mainstream contemporary culture, pornography remains a social taboo; there still exist strong biases both in favor and against it. With chapters addressing imagination, gender, power relationships, truth claims, aesthetics, and both pro and anti-porn slants, this book presents a balanced view of pornography in modern society.
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  38. Consuelo M. Concepcion (1999). On Pornography, Representation and Sexual Agency. Hypatia 14 (1):97-100.
    : I argue that Alisa Carse's call for antipornography legislation sets a potentially dangerous legal move that could threaten to shut off the dialogue women need to redefine the meanings and terms of our sexualities. I also argue that the terms of legitimacy need to be re-examined outside a legal system that systematically fails to protect the rights of sexual minorities.
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  39. Drucilla Cornell (2000). Feminism and Pornography. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
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  40. Brenda Cossman (1997). Bad Attitude/s on Trial Pornography, Feminism, and the Butler Decision. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
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  41. Judith Wagner Decew (1984). Violent Pornography: Censorship, Morality and Social Alternatives. Journal of Applied Philosophy 1 (1):79-94.
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  42. Kelly Dennis (1994). The Face of God: Representation as the Pornography of Modernity. Dissertation, University of California, Los Angeles
    This study represents an inquiry into the historical conception of "pornography" that developed in the 19th century in response to the invention of photography. The project focusses on the historical coincidence of the invention of photography, the accompanying realist debates surrounding the nude, and the etymological transformation of the word "pornography." In contrast to recent literary histories of pornography, the dissertation insists that its modern conception and history, coincident with art in the age of its "technological reproducibility," is primarily image-oriented. (...)
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  43. Bryan Dietrich (2001). Berkeley Kaite, Pornography and Difference (1995). American Journal of Semiotics 17 (3):275-276.
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  44. Lisa Downing (2010). Pornography and the Ethics of Censorship. In Film and Ethics: Foreclosed Encounters. Routledge
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  45. Tony Doyle (2002). MacKinnon on Pornography. Journal of Information Ethics 11 (2):53-78.
  46. Andrea Dworkin (1994). Why Pornography Matters to Feminists. In Alison M. Jaggar (ed.), Living with Contradictions: Controversies in Feminist Social Ethics. Westview Press 152.
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  47. Susan Dwyer, Pornography.
    Pornography has attracted a good deal of academic and political attention, primarily from feminists of various persuasions, moral philosophers, and legal scholars. Surprisingly less work has been forthcoming from film theorists, given how much pornography has been produced on video and DVD and is now available through live streaming video over the Internet. Indeed, it is not until 1989, with the publication of Linda Williams’ groundbreaking Hard Core, that pornography is distinguished, in terms of its content, intent, and governing conventions, (...)
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  48. Susan Dwyer (2011). Review of Abigail Levin, The Cost of Free Speech: Pornography, Hate Speech, and Their Challenge to Liberalism. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2011 (2).
  49. Robert A. Dyal (1976). Is Pornography Good For You? Southwestern Journal of Philosophy 7 (3):95-118.
  50. David Dyzenhaus (1992). John Stuart Mill and the Harm of Pornography. Ethics 102 (3):534-551.
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