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Title: Explaining the Wrong of Rape
Authors: Schouten, Vanessa
Advisors: Smith, Michael
Contributors: Philosophy Department
Keywords: Rape
Sexual Consent
Subjects: Ethics
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University
Abstract: The standard view in the literature is that the wrong of rape has to do with consent rather than experiential harm – this is the Consent Explanation for the wrong of rape. In this dissertation, I argue that we should reject this view, for three reasons: (1) there are many ordinary instances of morally permissible non-consensual sex (for example, cases involving people with intellectual disabilities); (2) if we accept the Consent Explanation, we have to say that we ought to prevent such people from having sex when they would enjoy and benefit from it, and this is counter-intuitive; (3) we can explain the other intuitions we have about wrongful sexual activity by appealing to harm (so the appeal to consent is unnecessary).
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Type of Material: Academic dissertations (Ph.D.)
Language: en
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