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.
About 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).
Table of Contents
1 Questions of Consent, 2 Sexual Consent, 3 Sexual Consensuality, 4 Real Consent, 5 Consensuality and Permissibility, 6 Gendered Consent, 7 The Limits of Consensuality I: Incest, Prostitution, and Sado-masochism, 8 The Limits of Consensuality II: The Age of Sexual Consent, 9 The Limits of Consensuality III: Rape, 10 Conclusion