The Morality Of Objectification And Its Effect On Objectification

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It is the purpose of this paper to explore, from a psychological egoist approach, the morality of objectification – particulary whether objectification can be a moral good, is always a moral bad, or the moral question cannot be adequately answered using Psycological Egoism. After outlining Stoltenberg’s stance on objectification, I will start with the basic assumption that there are good actions and evil actions. I will also assume the premise that all objectification (including sexual objectification) is wrong. I will then explore Psycological Egoism’s effect on objectification. Lastly, I will perform a proof of contradiction with what has been found and then address possible replies from Stoltenburg. Stoltenberg begins Sexual…show more content…
He points out that visual stimuli is not even needed (acting in accordance with his examples provded earlier. A man who was “blind from birth can regard another person as a sex object...” He wants to discuss the ethical meaning of sexual objectification – whether it is transitive (which would involve a “doer, a deed, a [recipient of the deed], and consequences”), intransitive (“private and perhaps inconsequential mental event”), or both. He argues that sexual objectification and the morality bound to it can be framed to appear as non-harmful (at worst, morally neutral) depending on the individual providing the frame. He states that a nautural scientist can “speak of evolution” or a zoologist argue that “sexual objectification serves an evolutionary purpose...in the selection of mating partners that improve the species” (likely a moral good). He uses these examples to show that the discussion of the ethical meaning can be circumvented and “evade the ethical issues entirely.” Psycological egoism (PE) is the philosophy that humans are primarily inclined to do things out of self-interest. A basic extension of this is that humans, when acting toward a goal, always incorporate things into achieving that goal when it will help achieve that goal (provided the incorporation of such things does not violate a competing self-interest). Objectification, as it will be used here and
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