Liberalism and Prostitution

Liberalism and Prostitution

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Civil libertarians characterize prostitution as a "victimless crime," and argue that it ought to be legalized. Feminist critics counter that prostitution is not victimless, since it harms the people who do it. Civil libertarians respond that most women freely choose to do this work, and that it is paternalistic for the government to limit a person's liberty for her own good. In this book Peter de Marneffe argues that although most prostitution is voluntary, paternalistic prostitution laws in some form are nonetheless morally justifiable. If prostitution is commonly harmful in the way that feminist critics maintain, then this argument for prostitution laws is not objectionably moralistic and some prostitution laws violate no one's rights. Paternalistic prostitution laws in some form are therefore consistent with the fundamental principles of contemporary liberalism.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 157.48 x 236.22 x 25.4mm | 430.91g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195383249
  • 9780195383249

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an intriguing and somewhat controversial book * Rachela Colosi, Times Higher Education Supplement * ...the book is a triumph. With rare exception, the arguments are articulated with tremendous clarity and precision. * Criminal Law and Philosophy *show more

About Peter De Marneffe

Peter de Marneffe is Professor of Philosophy at Arizona State Universityshow more

Table of contents

CHAPTER ONE; CHAPTER TWO; CHAPTER THREE; CHAPTER FOUR; CHAPTER FIVEshow more

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