The Ethics of Consent

The Ethics of Consent : Theory and Practice

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Consent is a basic component of the ethics of human relations, making permissible a wide range of conduct that would otherwise be wrongful. Consent marks the difference between slavery and employment, permissible sexual relations and rape, borrowing or selling and theft, medical treatment and battery, participation in research and being a human guinea pig. This book assembles the contributions of a distinguished group of scholars concerning the ethics of consent in theory and practice. Part One addresses theoretical perspectives on the nature and moral force of consent, and its relationship to key ethical concepts, such as autonomy and paternalism. Part Two examines consent in a broad range of contexts, including sexual relations, contracts, selling organs, political legitimacy, medicine, and more

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  • Hardback | 432 pages
  • 162 x 240 x 30mm | 699.99g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195335147
  • 9780195335149
  • 892,066

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"This is a collection of essays on different facets of the ethics of consent by well-known authors from a variety of disciplines...The purpose is to provide a contemporary, general and multidisciplinary treatment of the topic of consent, which has not been previously addressed in this way in a book-length format....because the book is written by experts working in a variety of disciplines, the book will be relevant for a wide cross-section of academics, in bioethics, but also in law, political theory, and gender and sexuality studies. The authors are some of the most important figures who have written on this topic...This is a valuable addition to the literature because it brings together substantial and original works on consent from a variety of fields."--Doody's"This is the most important book on consent in at least 20 years...The 15 chapters include some of the best and most well-known authors on the topic." --JAMA"The book is a fascinating walk through the world of consent." --Jessica Berg, Case Western Reserve University"Consent scholars should definitely take the time to read the book through, and others will find individual chapters useful in their work on specific domains." --Jessica Berg, Case Western Reserve University"Readers will come away with an enriched sense of how consent works in a variety of human situations and with a new appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of the standard consent models in medicine and research. The book also does a good job of putting consent in perspective by highlighting consent's limited moral and legal force in various contexts. Given these virtues, bioethicists would be well advised to make room on their bookshelves for The Ethics of Consent." -- Hastings Center Reportshow more

Table of contents

Preface ; Part One: Theoretical Perspectives ; 1. The Nature of Consent, John Kleinig ; 2. A History of Consent in Western Thought, David Johnston ; 3. Autonomy and Consent, Tom Beauchamp ; 4. Preface to the Theory of Transactions: Beyond Valid Consent, Franklin G. Miller and Alan Wertheimer ; 5. Paternalism and Consent, Douglas Husak ; 6. Hypothetical Consent, Arthur Kuflik ; 7. Consent to Harm, Vera Bergelson ; Part Two: Domains of Consent ; 8. Consent to Sexual Relations, Alan Wertheimer ; 9. Sex, Law, and Consent, Robin West ; 10. Contracts, Brian Bix ; 11. Consent with Inducements: The Case of Body Parts and Services, Janet Radcliffe Richards ; 12. Political Obligation and Consent, A. John Simmons ; 13. Advances in Informed Consent Research, Philip Candilis and Charles Lidz ; 14. Consent to Medical Care: The Importance of Fiduciary Context, Steven Joffe and Robert Truog ; 15. Consent to Clinical Research, Franklin G. Millershow more

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