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ERIC Number: EJ865642
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-0305-7240
A Liberal Sexual Ethics for Adolescence? Jan Steutel's View as a Starting Point
Tellings, A.
Journal of Moral Education, v38 n2 p199-211 Jun 2009
In this article Jan Steutel's paper "Towards a sexual ethics for adolescence" is discussed. It is argued that his dichotomous conception of "child" versus "adult" unnecessarily limits his conception of "adolescence", with unfortunate consequences for the answers to his research questions. Steutel's treatment of "competences" is discussed, in particular the competences of adolescents, and it is argued that in this respect also Steutel is hindered by his conception of "adolescence". His conclusion that a liberal ethics is bound to declare all sexual acts of adolescents morally impermissible goes too far. Some practical-pedagogical, ethical and philosophical issues concerning Steutel's alternative sexual ethics for adolescence are discussed. The article concludes with a modest attempt to supplement a liberal sexual ethics for adolescents. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands