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Erotic Art

Maes, Hans R.V. (2014) Erotic Art. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, . pp. 1-50. ISSN 1095-5054. (KAR id:56968)

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What is erotic art? Do all paintings with a sexual theme qualify as erotic? How to distinguish between erotica and erotic art? In what way are aesthetic experiences related to, or different from, erotic experiences and are they at all compatible? Both people and works of art can be sensually appealing, but is the beauty in each case substantially the same property? How helpful is the distinction between the nude and the naked? Can we draw a strict line between erotic art and pornography? We tend to think of art as complex and of pornography as one-dimensional, but how clear-cut is that divide? Pornography is often considered harmful, objectifying, and exploitative, but to what extent is erotic art immune to moral criticism of this sort? In addressing such questions this entry will provide an overview of current philosophical debates on erotic art. It will also place those debates in historical perspective and, in the closing section, explore some important avenues for future research.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: erotic art pornography objectification the nude exploitation art aesthetics
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
N Visual Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Arts
Depositing User: Hans Maes
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2016 18:24 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:36 UTC
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