Prostitution & Instrumentalization

Philosophy Now (123):14-17 (2017)

Rob Lovering
College of Staten Island (CUNY)
Is prostitution immoral? Various philosophers have put forward arguments for thinking so, one of the most notable being that, by engaging in sexual activity with someone for payment, the prostitute instrumentalizes himself or herself. In this paper, I identify two meanings of "instrumentalize" and, with them, two versions of the instrumentalization argument for the immorality of prostitution. I then critique each version of the argument.
Keywords Prostitution  Instrumentalize  Immanuel Kant  New Natural Law  Immoral
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