The Value of Privacy

Polity Press
  • erschienen am 8. Oktober 2015
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  • 288 Seiten
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This new book by Beate Rössler is a work of real quality andoriginality on an extremely topical issue: the issue of privacy andthe relations between the private and the public.
Rössler investigates the reasons why we value privacy andwhy we ought to value it. In the context of modern, liberalsocieties, Rössler develops a theory of the private whichlinks privacy and autonomy in a constitutive way: privacy is anecessary condition to lead an autonomous life. The book develops atheory of freedom and autonomy which sees the ability to pose the"practical question" of how one wants to live, of whata person strives to be, at the centre of the modern idea ofautonomy.
The question of privacy is emerging as an increasingly importanttopic in social and political theory and is central to many currentdebates in law, the media and politics. The Value of Privacywill be widely recognised to be a classic contribution to thesubject.
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  • Englisch
  • Oxford
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  • Großbritannien
John Wiley & Sons
  • 0,38 MB
978-0-7456-9451-1 (9780745694511)
0745694519 (0745694519)
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Beate Rössler is Associate Professor of Philosophy,University of Amsterdam.
I. Introduction.
1. Discourses on privacy.
2. Privacy: conceptual clarifications.
3. The framework of liberal democracy.
4. Cultural differences: autonomy and authenticity.
5. A comment on the method.
6. Privacy and autonomy: the line of argument.
II. Equal Freedom, Equal Privacy.
On the Critique of the Liberal Tradition.
1. Head or heart: contradictions in the liberal concept ofprivacy.
2. The feminist critique.
3. Three classics of liberal thought: Locke, Mill and Rawls.
4. Equality and difference between the sexes.
Parenthesis: On the debate over equality and difference.
5. Equal freedom, equal privacy.
III. Freedom, Privacy and Autonomy.
1. Introduction.
2. A general concept of freedom.
3. Freedom and autonomy.
Authenticity and identification.
Parenthesis: On the concept of authenticity.
The genesis of desires and autonomy as habitus.
Goals and projects.
4. Why do we value privacy?.
5. Privacy and autonomy.
IV. The Three Dimensions of Privacy.
1. Decisional privacy: scope for action and decisions.
1.1. Private matters and freedom for decisions.
Parenthesis: abortion and the right to decisional privacy (Roevs. Wade).
1.2. Decisional privacy and autonomy (1): the communitariancritique.
1.3. Decisional privacy and autonomy (2): the feministcritique.
1.4. What sort of freedom is protected by privacy?.
2. Informational privacy: limits to knowledge.
2.1. Expectations: what do other people know about me?.
2.2. Informational privacy and unspecified others: thePanopticon.
2.3. Informational privacy and specified others: collusions,friendships and intimate relations.
2.4. Expectations, knowledge, autonomy.
3. Local privacy: the private home.
3.1. The refuge of privacy.
3.2. A room of one's own: self-invention, self-presentation andautonomy.
3.3. Privacy and the family: love and justice.
V. Interfaces: Public and Private.
1. Interfaces and ambivalences.
2. Exposure: the staging of privacy in the public realm.
3. Concealment: the protection of the public realm from privatematters.
4. The private and the public person: dissonant identities

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