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The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2014) article on 'erotic art'[1] by Hans Maes (2014) is an augmented version of the introduction to Maes' Pornographic Art and the Aesthetics of Pornography (2013).

It mentions the term 'porno[…]' 154 times and 'erotic[…]' 174 times.

Criticism

  • "the great majority of aestheticians" "deny that aesthetic and erotic responses are antithetical"
  • "Many philosophers of art, including Roger Scruton, Jerrold Levinson, and Christy Mag Uidhir, deny that there is (or can be) such a thing as pornographic art. In other words, they advocate a strict divide between erotic art and pornography. Some of their scepticism, one cannot fail to notice, bears a significant resemblance to the earlier resistance against erotic art."

Artworks referenced

Partial bibliography

Collingwood, R.G., 1938, The Principles of Art, Oxford: Clarendon. Darnton, Robert, 1995, The Forbidden Best-Sellers of Pre-Revolutionary France, New York: W.W. Norton & Company. Dutton, Denis, 2009, The Art Instinct, New York: Oxford University Press. Dwyer, Susan (ed.), 1995, The Problem of Pornography, Belmont: Wadsworth. Eaton, Anne W., 2003, “Where Ethics and Aesthetics Meet: Titian's Rape of Europa”, Hypathia, 18: 159–188. Elliott, George P., 1970, “Against Pornography”, in D. Hughes (ed.), Perspectives on Pornography, New York: St Martin's Press. Fokt, Simon, 2012, “Pornographic Art: A Case from Definitions”, British Journal of Aesthetics, 52: 287–300. Hunt, Lynn. (ed.), 1996, The Invention of Pornography, New York: Zone Books. Kieran, Matthew, 2001, “Pornographic Art”, Philosophy and Literature, 25: 31–45. Levinson, Jerrold, 2005, “Erotic Art and Pornographic Pictures”, Philosophy and Literature, 29: 228–240. –––, 2006, “What is Erotic Art?” in Jerrold Levinson, Contemplating Art, Oxford: Oxford University Press. Longford, F.P., 1972, Pornography: The Longford Report, London: Coronet Books. Maes, Hans, 2009, “Art and Pornography”, Journal of Aesthetic Education, 43: 107–116. –––, 2011, “Art or Porn: Clear Division or False Dilemma?” Philosophy and Literature, 35: 51–64. –––, 2012, “Who Says Pornography Can't Be Art?” in Maes & Levinson 2012. ––– (ed.), 2013, Pornographic Art and the Aesthetics of Pornography, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Maes, Hans & Jerrold Levinson (eds.), 2012, Art and Pornography: Philosophical Essays, Oxford: Oxford University Press. Mag Uidhir, Christy, 2009, “Why Pornography Can't Be Art”, Philosophy and Literature, 33: 193–203. Mahon, Alyce, 2005, Eroticism & Art, Oxford: OUP. Mulvey, Laura, 1989, Visual and Other Pleasures, Bloomington: Indiana University Press. Nussbaum, Martha C., 2004, Hiding from Humanity: Disgust, Shame and the Law, Princeton: Princeton University Press. Scruton, Roger, 1986, Sexual Desire, New York: The Free Press. –––, 2005, “Flesh from the Butcher: How to Distinguish Eroticism from Pornography”, Times Literary Supplement, 15 April 2005 11–13. Shaftesbury, Third Earl of, 1964 [1711], Characteristics of Men, Manners, Opinions, Times, John M. Robertson (ed.), New York: Bobbs Merrill. Shusterman, Richard, 1999, “Somaesthetics: A Disciplinary Proposal”, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 57: 299–313. Sircello, Guy, 1979, “Beauty and Sex”, in D.F. Gustafson & B.L. Tapscott (eds.), Body, Mind, and Method: Essays in Honor of Virgil C. Aldrich, Boston: Reidel. Sontag, Susan, 1994, “The Pornographic Imagination”, in Styles of Radical Will, London: Vintage. Stendhal, 1926, De l'amour, Paris: Champion. Steinem, Gloria, 1995, “Erotica and Pornography: A Clear and Present Difference”, in Dwyer 1995. Steiner, George, 1975, “Night Words: High Pornography and Human Privacy”, in R.C. Rist (ed.), The Pornography Controversy, New Brunswick: Transaction Books. Webb, Peter, 1975, The Erotic Arts, London: Secker & Warburg. Williams, Bernard (ed.), 1982, Obscenity and Film Censorship: An Abridgement of the Williams Report, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Zola, Emile, 1991, “Écrits sur l'art”, Paris: Gallimard.




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