Lecture Notes 11 14 07 [PHIL 140] - PHIL 140g Rape A Soble...

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PHIL 140g 11/14/07 – Rape A) Soble - 3 objections to Antioch B) Kittay - Contracts vs. Gifts Reminder: Class on Monday, no class Wed. Defining rape requires def consent Def consent requires def coercion Def coercion requires def threat Def threat requires def reasonable Def reasonable requires def conception of what pressures are permissible to place A) Antioch Policy : The only kinds of pressures that are permissible to place on another to agree to sex are those involved in asking verbally and explicitly for consent. Soble’s criticisms: 1) Policy fails to respect autonomy of women On (1) : “No” means “no”. It’s morally impermissible to treat a “no” as anything other than that in sexual contexts. Why? To do otherwise is to violate the following principle: - Morality requires us to assure that others are acting autonomously - Autonomous action= Action that 1. Accords with her conception of what is best to do and 2. Where she’s un-hesitant about what is best to do Why would you think that “no” doesn’t mean no?
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