As impressions grow that privacy is under increasing threat, the sphere of private life has needed to reassert itself, yet efforts to this end are beset with numerous difficulties, including the ways in which the private sphere has for centuries been understood and misunderstood. While Public/Private takes up a broadly liberal perspective, it endeavors to reach beyond an audience of liberal theorists to include other political orientations and philosophical traditions. Fairfield examines the ethical-political significance as well as the policy implications of a right to privacy. Discussing the different applications of privacy laws, technology, property, relationships, Fairfield writes in a style accessible to specialists and students alike.
Paul Fairfield is assistant adjunct professor in the Department of Philosophy, Queens University, Canada.
Part 1 Negotiating a Distinction Chapter 2 The Public/Private Dichotomy and its Critics Chapter 3 Why Privacy? Chapter 4 Definitions and Issues Part 5 Privacy in an Age of Information Chapter 6 The Emergence of a Problem Chapter 7 Technology, Information, and Power Chapter 8 Principles Chapter 9 Privacy and Medical Records Part 10 Political Philosophy in the Bedroom Chapter 11 Political Moralism Chapter 12 Privacy and Intimate Relations Chapter 13 Civil Rights and Sexual Orientation Chapter 14 Same-Sex Marriage Chapter 15 Which Family? Whose Values? Part 16 Property and the Private Sphere Chapter 17 Domicile Chapter 18 Property Rights and Agency Chapter 19 Moral Spaces Chapter 20 Intellectual Property Rights Part 21 Revelation