Sexual Consent


Apopular 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 & 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, & the age of consent. Written in clear, jargon-free language that combines philosophical analysis with practical discussion of real & imagined legal cases, Sexual Consent is both a provocative & fascinating study for philosophers, lawyers, & general readers. Contents: Questions of Consent. Sexual Consent. Sexual Consensuality. Real Consent. Consensuality & Permissibility. Gendered Consent. The Limit of Consensuality I: Incest, Prostitution, & Sadomasochism. The Limit of Consensuality II: The Age of Sexual Consent. The Limit of Consensuality III: Rape. Conclusion.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Boulder, CO
Publication year:
  • 1998


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