2. Strange Bedfellows

The Interpenetration of Philosophy and Pornography

  1. Dave Monroe adjunct instructor of philosophy current president
  1. Andrew Aberdein PhD Associate Professor

Published Online: 13 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324693.ch2

Porn - Philosophy for Everyone

Porn - Philosophy for Everyone

How to Cite

Aberdein, A. (2010) Strange Bedfellows, in Porn - Philosophy for Everyone (ed D. Monroe), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324693.ch2

Editor Information

  1. University of Tampa, USA

Author Information

  1. Florida Institute of Technology, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 24 SEP 2010

Book Series:

  1. Philosophy for Everyone

Book Series Editors:

  1. Fritz Allhoff

Series Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405199629

Online ISBN: 9781444324693



  • strange bedfellows - The Interpenetration of Philosophy and Pornography;
  • French appetite for clandestine literature - risky endeavor, lucrative for the determined and ingenious;
  • enlightenment classics or disreputable libertine smut - improbable marriages of philosophy and pornography;
  • pornography and philosophy, connections exploring their shared history;
  • historical “pornography” - similar effects on consumers;
  • L'Ecole des filles, pretensions to philosophy - explicit in its subtitle, La Philosophie des dames;
  • device of a young woman receiving sexual education - from more experienced women;
  • Thérèse philosophe and La Philosophie dans le boudoir;
  • story, and its comic denouement - subjects of medieval and Renaissance art;
  • tying up loose ends - Phyllis's perspective, having a hand in different theses


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Have You Anything Philosophical?

  • A Deeper Exploration

  • The Lay of Aristotle

  • Tying Up Loose Ends

  • Notes