What is Objectification?

What is Objectification? Journal of Moral Philosophy 7 (2010) 16–36 JOURNAL OF MORAL PHILOSOPHY brill.nl/jmp © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI 10.1163/174046809X12544019606067 * I am grateful to Jennifer Saul for her invaluable help with my research on objectifi cation throughout the years. I would also like to sincerely thank the editor and three anonymous refe- rees of the Journal of Moral Philosophy for their excellent comments and suggestions on this article. What is Objectifi cation? * Lina Papadaki Birkbeck College, School of Philosophy, Malet Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7HX l.papadaki@bbk.ac.uk Abstract Objectifi cation is a notion central to contemporary feminist theory. It has famously been associated with the work of anti-pornography feminists Catharine MacKinnon and Andrea Dworkin, and more recently with the work of Martha Nussbaum. However, objectifi cation is a notion that has not yet been adequately defi ned. It has been used rather vaguely to refer to a broad range of cases involving, in some way or another, the treatment of a person (usually a woman) as an object . My purpose in this paper is to off er a plausible understanding of objectifi cation. I do that by focusing on the work of four prominent thinkers: Immanuel http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Moral Philosophy Brill

What is Objectification?

Journal of Moral Philosophy, Volume 7 (1): 16 – Jan 1, 2010

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Brill
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© 2010 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1740-4681
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1745-5243
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10.1163/174046809X12544019606067
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Journal of Moral Philosophy 7 (2010) 16–36 JOURNAL OF MORAL PHILOSOPHY brill.nl/jmp © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI 10.1163/174046809X12544019606067 * I am grateful to Jennifer Saul for her invaluable help with my research on objectifi cation throughout the years. I would also like to sincerely thank the editor and three anonymous refe- rees of the Journal of Moral Philosophy for their excellent comments and suggestions on this article. What is Objectifi cation? * Lina Papadaki Birkbeck College, School of Philosophy, Malet Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7HX l.papadaki@bbk.ac.uk Abstract Objectifi cation is a notion central to contemporary feminist theory. It has famously been associated with the work of anti-pornography feminists Catharine MacKinnon and Andrea Dworkin, and more recently with the work of Martha Nussbaum. However, objectifi cation is a notion that has not yet been adequately defi ned. It has been used rather vaguely to refer to a broad range of cases involving, in some way or another, the treatment of a person (usually a woman) as an object . My purpose in this paper is to off er a plausible understanding of objectifi cation. I do that by focusing on the work of four prominent thinkers: Immanuel

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Journal of Moral PhilosophyBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2010

Keywords: MACKINNON; DWORKIN; NUSSBAUM; FEMINISM; KANT; OBJECTIFICATION

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