Philosophical Studies in Contemporary Culture

The Private Sphere

An Emotional Territory and Its Agent

Authors: Hansson, Mats G.

  • Integrates evolutionary biology, psychology and philosophy to show how humans and social animals navigate between the private and the social
  • The first lucid account of a concept often used but seldom understood
  • Develops methods which could be applied to other classes of paraconsistent logic
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The non-interference perspective is common when theorizing about the protection of the private life of individuals and their families. However, this accepted way of looking at things, leads our thoughts astray. It fails to do justice to the interests both in being left in peace but at the same time participating in a community together with other people. New methods of communications interception, video and even satellite surveillance allow insight and an entry into personal matters, but they can also be used to satisfy people's need for protection, safety and security in public places. A theory about the respect for the individual's right to a private sphere and its protection ought therefore to incorporate both these interests.

In The Private Sphere it is suggested that an emotional territory, which forms the individual's own sphere of action and experience, has developed in the course of evolution in pace with the individual's conditions of life, brought about by challenges in the natural and social environment. The starting point is the insight that the behaviour of human beings with respect to their privacy reflects in a fundamental way patterns of behaviour among social animals. The emotional territory allows a readiness to act along different lines and to maintain a multiplicity of different social relations.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • The Private Sphere from a Historical and Cultural Perspective

    Hansson, Mats G.

    Pages 15-32

  • The Private Sphere as an Emotional Territory – A Psychological and Evolutionary Perspective

    Hansson, Mats G.

    Pages 33-52

  • Integrity as Something Worthy of Moral Protection

    Hansson, Mats G.

    Pages 53-70

  • Respect for the Individual as a Person with Moral and Political Authority – Integrity from a Philosophical Perspective

    Hansson, Mats G.

    Pages 71-89

  • Balancing Seclusion and Participation – Integrity from the Perspective of Moral Philosophy

    Hansson, Mats G.

    Pages 91-108

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Private Sphere
Book Subtitle
An Emotional Territory and Its Agent
Authors
Series Title
Philosophical Studies in Contemporary Culture
Series Volume
15
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-6652-8
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-6652-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-6651-1
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7690-8
Series ISSN
0928-9518
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 179
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