Objectification

Stock, Kathleen (2019) Objectification. International Encyclopedia of Ethics. (Accepted)

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Abstract

I consider answers to the question ‘What is objectification?’. After preliminary remarks about different methodological approaches, I introduce several possible answers, or groups of answers, separated out in terms of broad themes. I situate each in relation to historical and more contemporary authors. These themes are: objectification as instrumentalisation; objectification as reduction to body; objectification as negation of subjectivity or agency; objectification as naturalisation. I discuss the fact that objectification can function in relation to both sexual and racial contexts. I finish by discussing these themes in relation to the wider category of ‘mind-suppression’, and its relation to objectification in the familiar context of imagery.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Objectification
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > Philosophy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics > BJ1395 Feminist ethics
Depositing User: Kathleen Stock
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2019 08:56
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2019 11:21
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/88845

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