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Privacy's Background


The article examines the setting, in the broadest terms historically, for our contemporary sense of privacy. Given our obvious preoccupation with privacy, there is no need to recite why such an examination might pay dividends. The article has three parts, a consideration of the ancient perspective on privacy by way mostly of Plato and Aristotle, a shorter consideration of the Old Testament perspective, and a consideration of the New Testament and Christian perspective, which is taken to be the primary impulse to our present viewpoint. I conclude with a brief suggestion about a contemporary political problem inherent in this viewpoint.

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Stephen Macedo's review essay, “Justice, Sex, and Doing the Dishes,” in Polity 24, no. 3 (Spring1992): 521 and passim.

Ruth Gavison , “Privacy and the Limits of Law,” Yale Law Journal 89 (1980): 465.

Harvard Law Review 4 (1890): 193220.

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The Review of Politics
  • ISSN: 0034-6705
  • EISSN: 1748-6858
  • URL: /core/journals/review-of-politics
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