Privacy and Social Freedom

Privacy and Social Freedom

by Ferdinand David Schoeman
     
 

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This book attacks the assumption found in much 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

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This book attacks the assumption found in much 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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"Overall, the book is thorough in scope and contains a very interesting discussion." Canadian Philosophical Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521061360
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/24/2008
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Public Policy Series
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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