Privacy, a Vanishing Value?

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William Christian Bier
Fordham Univ Press, 1980 - Political Science - 398 pages
There can be little doubt that privacy emerges as one of the central problems of our times particularly so in the countries of the Western world. In some primitive cultures the opportunities for escaping almost continuous surveillance are very limited, but such is the resilience of human nature that the people in such societies seems able to adjust to this situation and not to be disturbed by it. The role of privacy in ancient civilizations aside, there is a long history of the esteem for the reality of privacy, even though the term itself may not have been used, in the religious traditions of both East and West, where withdrawal from the world into solitude has consistently been viewed as the most efficacious route to union with the Divine. With increasing attention to, and recognition of, human dignity in Western society in recent centuries and particularly in recent years, there ahs come a parallel emphasis on human rights, and central to the cluster of human rights is the right to privacy. It is doubtful whether individual privacy has ever been more highly esteemed than it is today in the democracies of the Western world.
 

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Contents

A Philosophical Analysis
22
Privacy and Human Development
37
Justice Privacy and the Civil Order
46
Privacy and Spiritual Growth
67
Basis in Common Law
91
The Clients Right to Privacy
111
The Believers Right to Privacy
124
The Jurisprudence of Privacy as a Constitutional Right
135
The Assault on Privacy by the Agencies of Government
239
A Purely Private Issue?
259
A Purely Private Issue?
281
A Purely Private Issue?
296
Student and Faculty Rights
315
Privacy vs the Goals of the Researcher
331
Psychological Testing and Privacy
348
Toward a New Policy by Government
361

Promotion of Openness in a Democracy
173
Some Problems of Privacy and Surveillance in
193
Public Events
230
Toward a New Policy by Business
377
Toward a New Policy for the Church
387
Copyright

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William C. Bier, S.J., is a graduate student of Dom Thomas Verner Moore, O. S. B.

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