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1. Introduction; 2. Law; 3. The psychology of sex; 4. The psychology of perpetrators; 5. The harm of rape; 6. The value of consent; 7. The ontology of consent; 8. Coercion; 9. Deception; 10. Competence; 11. Intoxication; 12. Sex and justice; Appendix.

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An important discussion of philosophical issues surrounding consent to sexual relations.

About the Author

Alan Wertheimer is John G. McCullough Professor of Political Science at the University of Vermont. He is the author of Coercion (1987) and Exploitation (1996) and has published articles in Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs, Law and Philosophy, and Legal Theory.


'... deals with some of the most complicated and controversial issues faced by lawyers and policy makers, and some of the most intimate problems faced by men and women together. If only for that reason, Consent to Sexual Relations is a book well worth reading.' Modern Law Review
"...Consent to Sexual Relations, is a welcome sequel. It again displays Wertheimers willingness to tackle extraordinarily difficult issues with unremitting honesty and subtlety of thought...a book well worth reading." Modern Law Review
"Alan Wertheimer's in-depth analysis of the concept, value, and application of consent in this important arena has set a new standard for clarity and for the integration of empirical research (chiefly, from evolutionary psychology) with the theoretical." Gordon A. Babst, Chapman University, Political Science Quarterly
"This is a wonderful book. It explores factual, conceptual, and normative (moral and legal) positions on the character, role and significance of consent in relation to sexual behaviour. It does this with imagination, insight, thoughtfulness, and maturity, as well as with a very high level of philosophical sophistication and understanding. Proposals are constantly tested by a wealth of real life examples so as to keep the discussion honest. A valuable inclusion is the listing in an appendix of the huge battery of examples (over 120) that are discussed, each being given a one to two sentence summary -- these can be handily referred to by the reader throughout. The book as a whole is a compendium of penetrating and intelligent reflections on the issues it addresses...Anyone interested in the topic of consent in relation to sexual activities will find this book richly rewarding." Philosophy in Review

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