Ethical Theory and Moral Practice

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 235–245 | Cite as

Unsavory Seduction



Among human beings, sexual pursuit takes many forms. Some forms, like courtship, are morally innocuous. Other forms, like rape, are categorically immoral. Still other forms are provisionally immoral. Such forms of sexual pursuit involve a wrongful element sufficient to render them wrongful on balance provided that this wrongful element is not counterbalanced by even more important competing moral considerations. Here my focus is a particular form of provisionally immoral sexual pursuit, unsavory sexual seduction, or unsavory seduction for short.


Seduction Courtship Sexual ethics Autonomy Philosophy of sex 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of English and PhilosophyArkansas State UniversityArkansasUSA

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