The Socratic Society’s Philosophy Discussion Group meets again on Tuesday, May 19th in Morven Brown 205 (note new location) from 1pm until 3pm. Anyone with an interest in the topic is welcome, and you can come and go at any time; you don’t need to be there for the whole two hours. The discussion group is very informal.
The topic is: “Consent”
Consent is fundamental to many of our interactions with other people. It is most controversial in relation to sexual activity but is also an element of many other activities, such as medical treatment, scientific research, contact sports, and even seemingly innocuous acts such as getting a tattoo or borrowing a car.
Next week the discussion group will be considering the concept of consent, attempting to answer such questions as:
1) How do we know when consent is present?
2) Does consent need to be active or is passive/implied consent good enough? In other words, does the participant need to indicate through words or actions that he or she consents, or is the absence of refusal or protest enough?
3) Can consent be given in advance, or does consent only apply to what is happening now? Can consent be revoked?
4) Is there a responsibility to obtain consent before a particular act? In other words, does responsibility rest only with the person giving consent, or does the person receiving consent have an obligation to act to obtain confirmation that consent is present?
Anyone (not just discussion group participants) is welcome to post answers to one or more of these questions in the comments below.