By Soraj Hongladarom

ISBN-10: 9811003165

ISBN-13: 9789811003165

This ebook bargains a brand new strategy to justify privateness in accordance with a conception derived from Buddhist insights. It makes use of insights received from the Buddhist teachings on Non-Self to create another idea of privateness. In doing so, the writer first spells out the inherent modifications among the Buddhist insights and the ideals underlying traditional theories of privateness. whereas Buddhism perspectives the self as latest conventionally via interactions with others, in addition to via interrelations with different easy elements, non-Buddhist principles of self are understood as being grounded upon self reliant topics, normally understood to be entitled to rights and dignity. In gentle of this, the publication bargains ways that those likely disparate recommendations will be reconciled, whereas conserving in brain the necessity for shielding electorate’ privateness in a contemporary info society. It additionally argues that the recent approach of conceptualizing privateness, as offered during this booklet, could pass far in assisting get to the bottom of the tough notion of staff privacy.

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They alone know their own mental states in such a way that nobody else can. An individual, for example, can feel her own pain through her own phenomenological experience as the one who does have the pain, the subject of the feeling of pain. No one else can feel exactly the same pain as she does. Even though neuroscientists might succeed in locating the part of her brain that is responsible for her feeling that is not the same as the subjective; the first-person feeling of the pain because that 28 2 Philosophical Foundations of Privacy phenomenological quality is qualitatively different from the data presented on the brain scanner.

However, what is perhaps more significant is a reflection on the conceptual or normative relation between privacy and culture. This will comprise the significant part of the chapter. Privacy in Information Ethics: East and West In the philosophical literature on privacy, much emphasis has been put on the definition of the concept and its justification. That is to be expected, because it is of course the task of philosophy to analyze concepts and to provide justification. In any case, what is interesting is that the majority of the works on the topic have been from the perspective of the West, and it is only recently that there is interest in what the East has to say on definition and justification of privacy.

This seems to be the presupposition of the standard arguments that purport to justify privacy through conceptions of autonomous individual, moral worth, or human dignity. These arguments seem to presuppose the metaphysical position that individuals are self-subsisting, namely they do not need to be related to other individuals, or other beings for that matter, for their status as an individual person. If the individual in question happens to be the only human person in the whole universe (supposing that there are no other cognitively advanced being, such as thinking robots or angels), then her moral worth or dignity would not suffer even a little.

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