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What is objectification?

Papadaki, L. (2010) What is objectification? Journal of Moral Philosophy 7 (1), pp. 16-36. ISSN 1740-4681.

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Objectification 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, objectification is a notion that has not yet been adequately defined. 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 offer a plausible understanding of objectification. I do that by focusing on the work of four prominent thinkers: Immanuel Kant, and contemporary feminists Catharine MacKinnon, Andrea Dworkin and Martha Nussbaum. Through drawing on these thinkers' conceptions of objectification, I am finally led to a more complete and coherent understanding of this notion.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Dworkin, feminism, Kant, Mackinnon, Nussbaum, objectification
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Philosophy
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2010 13:42
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:19

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