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The Ethics of ConsentTheory and Practice$
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Franklin Miller and Alan Wertheimer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195335149

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335149.001.0001

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A History of Consent in Western Thought 1

A History of Consent in Western Thought 1

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The Ethics of Consent

David Johnston

Oxford University Press

This chapter offers a brief history of the idea of consent in western political thought, going a long way toward filling a major gap in the literature. It traces the idea of consent from the Bible to the Greeks, to Roman law and then to modern political philosophers such as Hobbes and Mill.

Keywords:   consent, western political thought, political theory, political philosophy

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