Article first published online: 27 JUN 2010
© 2010 The Author. Journal Compilation © 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Volume 5, Issue 7, pages 535–550, July 2010
How to Cite
Watson, L. (2010), Pornography. Philosophy Compass, 5: 535–550. doi: 10.1111/j.1747-9991.2010.00292.x
- Issue published online: 27 JUN 2010
- Article first published online: 27 JUN 2010
This article provides an overview of the key philosophical themes and debates in discussions of pornography. In particular, I consider the major positions on how pornography ought to be defined, when (and if ) it should be regulated, whether it is best understood as speech (or action), whether there is evidence that is it harmful. I argue in favor of what is known as the civil rights approach to pornography, as reflected in the work of Catharine MacKinnon.