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No Plaything: Ethical Issues concerning Child-Pornography

Peter J. King
Ethical Theory and Moral Practice
Vol. 11, No. 3, Papers Presented at the Annual Conference of the British Society for Ethical Theory, Bristol, July 2007 (Jun., 2008), pp. 327-345
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40284244
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No Plaything: Ethical Issues concerning Child-Pornography
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Abstract

Academic discussion of pornography is generally restricted to issues arising from the depiction of adults. I argue that child-pornography is a more complex matter, and that generally accepted moral judgements concerning pornography in general have to be revised when children are involved. I look at the question of harm to the children involved, the consumers, and society in general, at the question of blame, and at the possibility of a morally acceptable form of child-pornography. My approach involves an objectivist metaethics and a utilitarian view of practical ethics, and I bring out the advantages of these theories to the consideration of moral issues such as this one.

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