How to Argue About Prostitution

Criminal Law & Philosophy, January 2012, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 65-80

Villanova Law/Public Policy Research Paper No. 2011-15

17 Pages Posted: 19 Nov 2011 Last revised: 11 May 2013

Michelle Madden Dempsey

Villanova University School of Law

Date Written: November 1, 2011

Abstract

This article provides a comparative analysis of various methodologies employed in building arguments regarding prostitution law and policy, and reflects on the proper aims of legal philosophy more generally. Taking Peter de Marneffe’s Liberalism and Prostitution (OUP 2010) as a launching point for these reflections, the article offers a mostly favourable review of the book as a whole, and defends the philosophical enterprise as one (amongst other) valuable ways to argue about prostitution.

Keywords: Prostitution, Consent, Women, Methodology, Empirical Research, Philosophical, Political

Suggested Citation

Dempsey, Michelle Madden, How to Argue About Prostitution (November 1, 2011). Criminal Law & Philosophy, January 2012, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 65-80; Villanova Law/Public Policy Research Paper No. 2011-15. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1961654

Michelle Madden Dempsey (Contact Author)

Villanova University School of Law ( email )

299 N. Spring Mill Road
Villanova, PA 19085
United States

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