SOPhiA 2021

Salzburgiense Concilium Omnibus Philosophis Analyticis

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Programme - Talk

Rape and Its Equivalents: A Conceptual Analysis
(Ethics, )

A My presentation is about rape and deceit. I am discussing the question whether sexual acts that only take place because one of the participants was deceived about something that influenced their decision to engage in the act are to be classified as rape. To answer this question, I first reflect on the meaning of the concept of rape and then have a look at whether sexual acts that are induced by deceit fulfill the criteria necessary for falling under the same concept. I defend a consent-based definition of rape and argue that consent to a sexual act is not valid when people are deceived about matters that crucially affect whether they agree to engage in the act or not. To scrutinize this assumption, I consider and analyze some arguments in favor of the notion that consent to a sexual act is not invalidated by deceit, only to find that they are not strong enough to dismiss the idea that consent is not valid when it is given while the person who supposedly gives it is deceived about a matter that their decision to consent depends on.

Chair: Jon Rueda
Time: 15:20-15:50, 11 September 2021 (Saturday)
Location: SR 1.004

Marlene Maislinger  
(University of Salzburg, )



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