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On obscenity: the thrill and repulsion of the morally prohibited

Kieran, M. (2002) On obscenity: the thrill and repulsion of the morally prohibited. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, LXIV (1). pp. 31-56. ISSN 1933-1592

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The paper proceeds by criticising the central accounts of obscenity proffered by Feinberg, Scruton and the suggestive remarks of Nussbaum and goes on to argue for the following formal characterization of obscenity: x is appropriately judged obscene if and only if either A/ x is appropriately classified as a member of a form or class of objects whose authorized purpose is to solicit and commend to us cognitive-affective responses which are (1) internalized as morally prohibited and (2) does so in ways found to be or which are held to warrant repulsion and (3) does so in order to a/ indulge first order desires held to be morally prohibited or b/ indulge the desire to be morally transgressive or the desire to feel repulsed or c/ afford cognitive rewards or d/ any combination thereof or B/ x successfully elicits cognitive-affective responses which conform to conditions (1)-(3).

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2002 International Phenomenological Society
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Arts (Leeds) > School of Humanities (Leeds) > School of Philosophy (Leeds)
The University of Leeds > Faculty of Arts (Leeds) > School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science (Leeds) > School of Philosophy (Leeds)
Depositing User: Leeds Philosophy Department
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 15:59
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:06
Published Version: http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/j...
Status: Published
Publisher: International Phenomenological Society
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/3349

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