Affirmitive Consent
Dr. Tom Dougherty (Cambridge University)

October 12, 2017, 12:15pm - 2:15pm
Department of Philosophy, The University of Melbourne

Jim Potter Room, Old Physics Building
The University of Melbourne
Parkville 3010

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One of the most significant recent developments in sexual offence policy has been the proliferation of affirmative consent policies, which prohibit sexual activity with someone who has not acted in a way that clearly expresses her consent. I argue that if this prohibition has a proportionate sanction, a policy along these lines can be defended on the grounds that we have a duty of due diligence investigate other people's willingness to participate in sexual activity. However, I pose a challenge for the view that communicative behaviour is necessary for valid consent from a moral point of view.

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