Liberalism and Prostitution

Liberalism and Prostitution

by Peter de Marneffe
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195383249

ISBN-13: 9780195383249

Pub. Date: 12/08/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Civil libertarians characterize prostitution as a "victimless crime," and argue that it ought to be legalized. Feminist critics counter that prostitution is not victimless, since it harms the people who do it. Civil libertarians respond that most women freely choose to do this work, and that it is paternalistic for the government to limit a person's

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Civil libertarians characterize prostitution as a "victimless crime," and argue that it ought to be legalized. Feminist critics counter that prostitution is not victimless, since it harms the people who do it. Civil libertarians respond that most women freely choose to do this work, and that it is paternalistic for the government to limit a person's liberty for her own good. In this book Peter de Marneffe argues that although most prostitution is voluntary, paternalistic prostitution laws in some form are nonetheless morally justifiable. If prostitution is commonly harmful in the way that feminist critics maintain, then this argument for prostitution laws is not objectionably moralistic and some prostitution laws violate no one's rights. Paternalistic prostitution laws in some form are therefore consistent with the fundamental principles of contemporary liberalism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195383249
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
12/08/2009
Series:
Oxford Political Philosophy Series
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. A Paternalistic Case for Prostitution Laws
2. Government Moralism
3. The Permissibility of Paternalism
4. Individual Rights
5. Government Neutrality and Perfectionism
Conclusion
Index
Introduction
Chapter One
A Paternalistic Case for Prostitution Laws
Chapter Two
Government Moralism
Chapter Three
The Permissibility of Paternalism
Chapter Four
Individual Rights
Chapter Five
Government Neutrality and Perfectionism
Conclusion
Index

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