Consent in History, Theory and Practice

This report is a guide to consent and some of the key debates concerning its history, theory and use in practice. It touches upon a broad range of human activities and relationships in which consent features—from the political to sexual to economic—whilst focusing in particular on consent in health and social care. There are two main sections: firstly, a genealogy of consent, encompassing its history in the ancient, medieval and modern world; and secondly, a legal and philosophical account of consent in contemporary practice, including discussion of what kinds of information, competence and social relationships it requires and an account of various rationales for seeking consent.


O'Shea, T.

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