Sexual Consent

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Overview


A popular belief is that whatever takes place in private between consenting adults should be allowed. This is the first book to offer a systematic philosophical examination of what might be meant by consent and what role it should play in the context of sexual activity.Investigating the adequacy of standard accounts of consent, the book criticizes an influential feminist critique of consensuality. David Archard then applies this new theoretical understanding of sexual consent to controversial topics, such as prostitution, rape, sadomasochism, and the age of consent.Written in clear, jargon-free language that combines philosophical analysis with practical discussion of real and imagined legal cases, Sexual Consent is both a provocative and fascinating study for philosophers, lawyers, and general readers.
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It is commonly believed that whatever takes place in private between consenting adults should be allowed. In this volume, Archard moral philosophy, U. of St. Andrews offers a systematic philosophical examination of what might be meant by consent and what role it should play in the context of sexual activity. Paper edition 3082-3, $20.00. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813330822
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 200
  • Lexile: 1390L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 0.46 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author


David Archard is reader in the Department of Moral Philosophy at the University of St. Andrews. He is the author of Marxism and Existentialism: The Political Philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre and Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1980), Consciousness and the Unconscious (1984), and Children, Rights and Childhood (1993).
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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
1 Questions of Consent 1
2 Sexual Consent 19
3 Sexual Consensuality 39
4 Real Consent 54
5 Consensuality and Permissibility 68
6 Gendered Consent 84
7 The Limits of Consensuality I: Incest, Prostitution, and Sado-masochism 98
8 The Limits of Consensuality II: The Age of Sexual Consent 116
9 The Limits of Consensuality III: Rape 130
10 Conclusion 148
Notes 153
Bibliography 173
About the Book and Author 183
Index 185
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