consent
A central concern of liberal political theory is to determine the place of consent in the legitimation of social and political practices. Coercion, exploitation, fraud, deception, and perhaps more general categories of treating people as means, all imply a lack of someone's consent to what has happened. Conversely, just or permissible transactions imply either the actual or potential consent of affected parties. In order to remove the obvious problem that a person may be bound by the laws of a country when there has been no episode of actual consent, a doctrine of tacit consent was developed by Locke . More common now is a concept of potential consent, that is, of a situation being such that an appropriately placed subject would or could rationally consent to it. It is possible to envisage the entire moral and political framework built upon the idea of those interactions to which a person could rationally consent, although the development of this theme requires a view of the motivations as well as the knowledge, rationality, and situation of the agent. See also contractarianism, Rawls.

Philosophy dictionary. . 2011.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • consent — con·sent n 1 a: compliance in or approval of what is done or proposed by another; specif: the voluntary agreement or acquiescence by a person of age or with requisite mental capacity who is not under duress or coercion and usu. who has knowledge… …   Law dictionary

  • consent — con‧sent [kənˈsent] noun [uncountable] 1. permission to do something, especially by someone who has authority or responsibility: • He took the car without the owner s consent. • The city authorities have given their consent to leases on two… …   Financial and business terms

  • Consent — Con*sent , n. [Cf. OF. consent.] 1. Agreement in opinion or sentiment; the being of one mind; accord. [1913 Webster] All with one consent began to make excuse. Luke xiv. 18. [1913 Webster] They fell together all, as by consent. Shak. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • consent — [kən sent′] vi. [ME consenten < OFr consentir < L consentire < com , with + sentire, to feel: see SENSE] 1. a) to agree (to do something) b) to willingly engage in a sexual act: often in the phrase consenting adult c) to give permission …   English World dictionary

  • Consent — Con*sent , v. t. To grant; to allow; to assent to; to admit. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Interpreters . . . will not consent it to be a true story. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Consent — Con*sent , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Consented}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Consenting}.] [F. consentir, fr. L. consentire, sensum, to feel together, agree; con + sentire to feel. See {Sense}.] 1. To agree in opinion or sentiment; to be of the same mind; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • consent — (v.) early 13c., from O.Fr. consentir (12c.) agree, comply, from L. consentire feel together, from com with (see COM (Cf. com )) + sentire to feel. Feeling together, hence, agreeing, giving permission, apparently a sense evolution that took place …   Etymology dictionary

  • consent — [n] agreement; concession accord, acquiescence, allowance, approval, assent, authorization, blank check*, blessing, carte blanche*, compliance, concurrence, goahead*, green light*, leave, okay*, permission, permit, right on*, sanction, say so*,… …   New thesaurus

  • consent — vb *assent, accede, acquiesce, agree, subscribe Analogous words: *yield, submit, defer, relent: permit, allow, *let: *approve, sanction: concur (see AGREE) Antonyms: dissent Contrasted words: refuse, * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • consent — ► NOUN ▪ permission or agreement. ► VERB 1) give permission. 2) agree to do. ORIGIN from Latin consentire agree …   English terms dictionary

  • consent — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ full ▪ common, general, mutual, unanimous ▪ By unanimous consent, the Senate inserted a moratorium. ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”