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Re: Re: [philosophy-156] Tonight's philosophy topic: Freedom and Toleration

From: Gned the G.
Sent on: Sunday, April 20, 2008 3:39 AM
 - Yes, an age of consent is a somewhat arbitrary convention, but is 
admittedly convenient. Suitable methods for overriding it in either direction 
as appropriate for specific individuals would allow fine tuning as needed. The 
7th and 19th Amendments at the bottom of­ would be 
examples of how this might be done in a relatively free society.

Gned the Gnome - philosopher etc.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <[address removed]>; <[address removed]>
Sent: Saturday, April 19,[masked]:24 PM
Subject: Re: Re: [philosophy-156] Tonight's philosophy topic: Freedom and 

We didn't really touch on the question of how to determine the age of consent, 
although we all agreed that there is (or should be) some age of consent, and 
that people below such age deserve special protections and considerations. The 
problems of determining a suitable age of consent raises some very interesting 
points. Can society ever be able to determine some special age that confers on 
people responsibility for their actions and decisions? Wouldn't any such age 
be nothing more than a very crude approximation, a clumsy statistical 
abstraction? It seems that any such age would be as normative as it was 
descriptive. But clearly civilized society seems to require that there be some 
one age at which people are deemed to have attained some status they didn't 
have before that age. Of course no such transition ever magically happens that 
way on anyone's particular birthday. It's a kind of myth that enables 
civilization to continue. It seems that such an age is an agreed on
 convention with legal force behind it that is applied everywhere in one 
nation at a time. It's an example of the need for a public sphere.


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