4. Pornography as Simulation

  1. Dave Monroe adjunct instructor of philosophy current president
  1. Theodore Bach PhD

Published Online: 13 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324693.ch4

Porn - Philosophy for Everyone

Porn - Philosophy for Everyone

How to Cite

Bach, T. (2010) Pornography as Simulation, in Porn - Philosophy for Everyone (ed D. Monroe), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324693.ch4

Editor Information

  1. University of Tampa, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Connecticut, 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



  • pornography as simulation;
  • tools of folk psychology - human beings, are prolific psychologists;
  • philosophers and psychologists, “theory-theory” approach to folk psychology;
  • mental simulation, and the “off-line” heuristic;
  • origin of simulation - pornographic appropriation of mind-reading skill, and mentalizing ability;
  • modern perversion of mental simulation;
  • folk-psychological prowess, on MTV's The Hills;
  • simulating a day at the office;
  • money, lesbians and woodsmen;
  • world of actual sexual relationships - dangerous sexually transmitted diseases, more lethal than ever


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Tools of Folk Psychology

  • The Modern Perversion of Mental Simulation

  • Conclusions and Assessments

  • Notes