Three Conjectures About Privacy

  • Patrick O’Callaghan


We have seen that people understand privacy in many different ways and any scholar who sets out to define it per genus et differentiam ends up in a privacy ‘swamp’. This is because the theory of induction is illogical. Moreover, in any attempt to provide a universal definition of privacy, agent-relativity remains an obstacle that the scholar cannot overcome. Our task therefore is to refine privacy—we must reflect on the shared experiences that make up its content. This task takes on added significance in legal scholarship because relatively little attention is paid in legal treatises to the value and nature of privacy


Human Dignity Distributive Justice Ideal Theory Liberal Democracy Sociological Imagination 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Newcastle Law SchoolNewcastle UniversityNewcastle Upon TyneUK

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