Ethics 128 (2):446-461 (2018)

Danielle Bromwich
University of Massachusetts, Boston
Joseph Millum
National Institutes of Health
Tom Dougherty argues that culpably deceiving another person into sex is seriously wrong no matter what the content about which she is deceived. We argue that his explanation of why deception invalidates consent has extremely implausible implications. Though we reject Dougherty’s explanation, we defend his verdict about deception and consent to sex. We argue that he goes awry by conflating the disclosure requirement for consent and the understanding requirement. When these are distinguished, we can identify how deceptive disclosure invalidates consent. This alternative explanation also allows for a response to Neil Manson’s recent criticisms of Dougherty’s argument.
Keywords Consent  Deception  Sex  Rights  Control  Voluntariness  Dougherty  Manson
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DOI 10.1086/694277
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