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(1) Blanket Relationship Bans One consideration relevant to relationship bans arises in another passage of Honderich’s book that was part of the Twitter discussion: Feminism had begun, with books and marches, but it did not include the charge of harassment by teachers.
Harassment there certainly was, once by me in at least one mind.
Now in this latter case the student Honderich admits harassing is one he has institutional authority over.
I’ll raise just two here: (1) arguments over blanket policies that some schools have adopted banning any such relationships, and (2) arguments concerning the treatment of philosophers who’ve engaged in such relationships.
So I would have said in setting out to defend myself.
In fact, in these buoyant times, I did not reflect a lot on my actions and my moral standing, or suffer guilt, partly because of the optimistic feeling that if I worked at a defence, a confident one might be constructed. (pp.128-29) This passage and related ones were brought to my attention by Joshua Habgood-Coote (Bristol), who discussed them on Twitter.
They were not seduced, or hardly more seduced than me.
To use a term not then current, there was no harassment worth the name.