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Shaping the Normative Landscape$
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David Owens

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199691500

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691500.001.0001

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The Possibility of Consent

The Possibility of Consent

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(p.164) 7 The Possibility of Consent
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Shaping the Normative Landscape
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David Owens

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691500.003.0008

For Hume the power of consent raised the Problem of Normative Power as much as the power to make promises. To see the parallel here we must distinguish the power of consent from the normative significance of choice. Choice serves our interest in controlling the non-normative situation. And to see the solution to Hume’s problem, we must recognize that consent operates on bare wrongings like rape and trespass. What grounds the power of consent is our interest in having control over the normative situation and in particular our permissive interest, our interest in its being the case that such things as rape and trespass wrong us unless we declare otherwise. In its reliance on declaration, consent works quite differently from forgiveness.

Keywords:   David Hume, normative significance of choice, normative power, permissive interest, bare wronging, rape, trespass, forgiveness

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