This seminar will explore the nature of consent and the role that it plays in law and morality. We'll ask what consent is, why it matters, and when it is effective. We'll also discuss coercion; we'll attempt to figure out what it is, when it is wrongful, and how it relates to consent. We'll think about all this in the context of criminal law and tort law, with careful attention to rape and battery. But we'll also discuss consent and coercion in other contexts. Time permitting, topics might include (among other things) blackmail, coercive offers, and the moral significance of hypothetical consent.
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