Jerrold Levinson  

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Jerrold Levinson (born 11 July 1948 in Brooklyn) is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is particularly noted for his work on the aesthetics of music, as well as for his search for meaning and ontology in film, art and humour.

In Contemplating Art (2006), Levinson writes a chapter on erotic art, "Erotic Art and Pornographic Pictures", partly in response to a text by Matthew Kieran's text “Pornographic Art” (2001).

The publisher on "Erotic Art and Pornographic Pictures":

"This essay was written in response to a 2001 essay of Matthew Kieran [Kieran, Matthew, 2001, “Pornographic Art”, Philosophy and Literature, 25: 31–45.], itself prompted in part by remarks on the distinction between the erotic and the pornographic offered at the end of the essay, ‘What Is Erotic Art?’. Whereas Kieran holds that there is no incompatibility, and even precious little tension, between something's being pornography and something's being erotic art, it is argued that there is indeed such tension, and that the two statuses are in fact incompatible. Nothing is entailed as to whether pornography, though it is not art, may or may not be, for various reasons, of value."[1]

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