The Epistemology of Consent

Alexander A. Guerrero, Applied Epistemology, Dec 26, 2018
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Educators deal with issues of consent on a daily basis, but it's rare in general to pause and think about the epistemology of consent, that is, how we know that consent has been obtained. Generally, I think, people would say they "just know". But this is a very bad standard. "Social psychologists have discovered that we are significantly worse at mindreading than we think we are ... We consistently and substantially overrate our ability to accurately judge others’ mental states and interpret social interactions." So we need evidence - but of what sort, and under what circumstances? This paper takes a detailed and analytical approach to the question and even if that style of writing doesn't appear to you, the questions it raises should. 

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