Privacy and Social Freedom

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Juli 1992



This book attacks the assumption found in much moral philosophy that social control as such is an intellectually and morally destructive force. It replaces this view with a richer and deeper perspective on the nature of social character aimed at showing how social freedom cannot mean immunity from social pressure. The author demonstrates how our competence as rational and social agents depends on a constructive adaptation of social control mechanisms. Our facility at achieving our goals is enhanced, rather than undermined, by social control. The author then articulates sources, contracts, and degrees of legitimate social control in different social and historical settings. Drawing on a wide range of material in moral and political philosophy, law, cognitive and social psychology, anthropology, and literature, Professor Schoeman shows how the aim of moral philosophy ought to be to understand our social character, not to establish fortifications against it in the name of rationality and autonomy.


Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. The meaning and scope of privacy; 2. Mill's approach to social freedom; 3. Articulated rationality and the Archimedean critique of culture; 4. Social freedom from the perspective of cognitive and social psychology; 5. The importance of cultural authority for morality; 6. Explaining privacy's place; 7. The ascent of privacy: a historical and conceptual account; 8. Privacy and gossip; 9. Privacy and spheres of life; 10. Spheres of life: a literary exploration; Epilogue; Notes; Index.


"Overall, the book is thorough in scope and contains a very interesting discussion." Canadian Philosophical Reviews
EAN: 9780521415644
ISBN: 0521415640
Untertitel: 'Cambridge Studies in Philosophy & Public Policy'. black & white illustrations. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Cambridge University Press
Erscheinungsdatum: Juli 1992
Seitenanzahl: 240 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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