November 3, 2015

Rethinking Privacy Using Feminism--and Spinoza

Janice Richardson, Monash University Faculty of Law, is publishing Spinoza, Feminism and Privacy: Exploring an Immanent Ethics of Privacy in volume 22 of Feminist Legal Studies (2014). Here is the abstract.
In this article I explore the usefulness of Spinoza’s ethics for feminism by considering ways in which it allows feminists to rethink privacy. I draw upon some of Spinoza’s central ideas to address the following question: when should information be classed as private and when should it be communicated? This is a question that is considered by the common law courts. Attempts to find a moral underpinning for such a tortious action against invasions of privacy have tended to draw upon Kant’s categorical imperative. In contrast, I want to consider how Spinoza provides an immanent ethics that reconfigures how privacy is understood.
Download the article from SSRN at the link.

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