Having fun with the periodic table: A counterexample to Rea's definition of pornography

Philosophia 36 (2):233-236 (2008)
In a paper from 2001, Michael C. Rea considers the question of what pornography is. First, he examines a number of existing definitions of ‘pornography’, and after having rejected them all, he goes on to present his own preferred definition. In this short paper, I suggest a counterexample to Rea’s definition. In particular, I suggest that there is something that, on the one hand, is pornography according to Rea’s definition, but, on the other hand, is not something that we would intuitively describe as being an instance of pornography.
Keywords Philosophy  Definition of pornography  Conceptual analysis  Counterexample
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DOI 10.1007/s11406-007-9103-7
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