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The Routledge Handbook of the Ethics of Consent

ISBN 9781138855540
Published June 18, 2018 by Routledge
400 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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While the importance of consent has been discussed widely over the last few decades, interest in its study has received renewed attention in recent years, particularly regarding medical treatment, clinical research and sexual acts. The Routledge Handbook of the Ethics of Consent is an outstanding reference source to this exciting subject and the first collection of its kind. Comprising over thirty chapters by a team of international contributors, the Handbook is divided into five main parts:

• General questions

• Normative ethics

• Legal theory

• Medical ethics

• Political philosophy.

Within these sections central issues, debates and problems are examined, including: the nature and normative importance of consent, paternalism, exploitation and coercion, privacy, sexual consent, consent and criminal law, informed consent, organ donation, clinical research, and consent theory of political obligation and authority.

The Routledge Handbook of the Ethics of Consent is essential reading for students and researchers in moral theory, applied ethics, medical ethics, philosophy of law and political philosophy. This volume will also be very useful for those in related fields, such as political science, law, medicine and social science.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors. Acknowledgements. Andreas Müller & Peter Schaber: The ethics of consent: an introduction. Part I. General Questions. Daniel Lee: Historical Perspectives on the Ethics of Consent. Hubert Schnüriger: What is Consent? Felix Koch: Consent as a Normative Power. Heidi Hurd: The Normative Force of Consent. Peter Schaber: Consent and Wronging a Person. Neil C. Manson: The Scope of Consent. Terrance McConnell: When is Consent Required? Emma Bullock: Valid Consent. Gideon Yaffe: Hypothetical Consent. Anna Deplazes-Zemp: Group Consent. Part II. Normative Ethics. Andreas Müller: Moral Obligations and Consent. Tom Walker: Consent and Autonomy. John Kleinig: Paternalism and Consent. Matt Zwolinski: Exploitation and Consent. Tom Dougherty: Deception and Consent. Dave Archard: Sexual Consent. Part III. Legal Theory. Michelle Dempsey: The Volenti Maxim. Vera Bergelson: Consent to Pain. Thomas Gutmann: Voluntary Consent. Brian Bix: Consent and Contracts. Tatjana Hörnle: Rape as Non-Consensual Sex. Bart Custers et al.: Consent and Privacy. Part IV. Medical Ethics. Tom O’Shea: Historical Perspectives in Medical Ethics. Nir Eyal: Informed Consent. Johann Ach: Consent and Medical Treatment. Collin O’Neill: Consent in Clinical Research. Ben Saunders: Consent and Organ Donation. Anthony Wrigley: Consent for Others. Part V: Political Philosophy. Alex Tuckness: Historical Perspectives in Political Philosophy. George Klosko: Consent Theory of Political Obligation. David Estlund: Normative Consent and Authority. William A. Edmundson: Moral Education and the Ethics of Consent. Index.

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Andreas Müller is Assistant Professor for Ethics at the University of Bern, Switzerland. Before that, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Advanced Study in Bioethics at the University of Münster, Germany. He is currently preparing a monograph on the normative relevance of consent.

Peter Schaber is Professor for Applied Ethics at the Centre for Ethics, University of Zurich, Switzerland. He was previously lecturer at the University of Göttingen and Hannover, Germany. He is an editor of Moral Philosophy and Politics and a member of the executive board of the Society for Applied Philosophy.


"Among the issues discussed are the nature and scope of consent, paternalism and autonomy, sexual consent, contracts, consent to pain, the volenti maxim, informed consent, consent in clinical research or organ donation, authority, and consent theory of political obligation. The editors of the handbook did a good job of creating a logical flow in each section. In addition, most of the sections begin with a history of the role of consent in the broad area to be discussed. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty." - J. Krause, CHOICE

"This timely volume collects a range of distinguished scholars who examine every important question about consent. No moral, political, legal or medical issue is untouched." - Douglas Husak, Rutgers University, USA

"This is the most complete and interesting treatment of Consent, in all its aspects, that we now have. It is essential reading for all those interested in this important topic." - Gerald Dworkin, University of California, Davis, USA

"This book is a good introduction to the topics of consent, both for scholars interested in learning more and as an introduction for students. The breadth of coverage is vast and the discussions of these subjects are of high quality. Because of the variety of topics in the book, most readers will probably be able to find a few sections relevant to their interests." - Joseph Kranak, Wilbur Wright College, USA