Privacy and Social Freedom
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Privacy and Social Freedom by Ferdinand David Schoeman
Book DescriptionThis book attacks the assumption found in 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521415644
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 31-Jul-1992
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Ferdinand David Schoeman
Privacy and Social Freedom, Paperback (April 2008)
This book attacks the assumption found in much moral philosophy that social control as such is an intellectually and morally destructive force.
Responsibility, Character, and the Emotions, Hardback (January 1988)
An examination of the responsibility individuals have for their actions and characters.
Philosophical Dimensions of Privacy, Paperback (November 1984)» View all books by Ferdinand David Schoeman
This collection of essays makes readily accessible many of the most significant and influential discussions of privacy.
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