The Social Costs of Pornography

Princeton, New Jersey | December 11-13, 2008

The consultation on "The Social Costs of Pornography" was organized by the Witherspoon Institute in conjunction with the Institute for the Psychological Sciences in Washington, DC and held at Princeton University, December 11 - 13, 2008. The consultation was hosted by Robert P. George, Senior Fellow of the Witherspoon Institute and McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University. This meeting assembled leading experts in the fields of psychiatry, psychology, neurophysiology, philosophy, sociology, law, and political theory to present a rigorously argued overview of the problem of pornography in our society and to make recommendations. The primary purpose of the meeting was to examine the real nature of pornography in its moral and social consequences.

It is essential to note the scholars who participated in this consultation represent a wide range of political perspectives, but share a common interest in addressing pornography's devastating social cost. At the two-day-long consultation, ten scholars delivered papers on subject-specific aspects of pornography's impact, and approximately twelve scholars served as discussants throughout the meeting. This format ensured that the papers will be energetically critiqued in order to promote a fair and in-depth assessment of the issues in question.

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Academic Leader

Robert P. George - Princeton University


Roger Scruton - Institute for Psychological Sciences

Hadley Arkes - Amherst College

Norman Doidge, M.D. - Columbia University

Jill C. Manning - Licensed marriage and family therapist and author

Ana Bridges - University of Arkansas

Pamela Paul - Author and journalist

Gerard V. Bradley - University of Notre Dame Law School

James Stoner - Louisiana State University

K. Doran - Notre Dame University

Hamza Yusuf - Zaytuna Institute


Patrick Fagan - Family Research Council
Robert P. George - Princeton University
Mary Graw Leary - Columbus School of Law (CUA)
Sara S. McLanahan - Princeton University
Michael New - University of Alabama
Joseph Price - BrighamYoung University
Gladys Sweeney - Institute for the Psychological Sciences
W. Bradford Wilcox - University of Virginia
Paul Vitz - Institute for the Psychological Sciences, NYU Emeritus
David Tubbs - Kings College
Mary Eberstadt - Hoover Institute
Donna M. Hughes - University of Rhode Island
Candace Vogler - University of Chicago