A space of one's own: Autonomy, privacy, liberty

Philosophy and Social Criticism 25 (1):22-53 (1999)
The value of a negatively defined private space is defended as important for the development of personal autonomy. It is argued that negative liberty is problematic when split off from its connection with this ideal. An ethical interpretation of personal autonomy is proposed according to which a private space is one of autonomy's preconditions. This leads to a conceptualization of privacy that is fruitful in two respects: it permits an account of privacy laws that avoids certain pitfalls, and it serves as a basis for criticizing privacy-related failures of autonomy together with the social forces that produce them. Negative liberty is, furthermore, rejected as an adequate basis for modern law and democracy. Here, too, an ethically defined personal autonomy, of which negative liberty is a precondition, is held to be the most convincing normative foundation. A critical reading of Habermas' cooriginality thesis is offered in support of this argument. Key Words: cooriginality thesis • Jürgen Habermas • Herbert Marcuse • negative liberty • personal autonomy • positive liberty • privacy • Martin Walser.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1177/019145379902500102
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history
Request removal from index
Download options
Our Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 25,032
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Privacy as Life, Liberty, Property.Richard Volkman - 2003 - Ethics and Information Technology 5 (4):199-210.
Privacy and Autonomy: From Warren and Brandeis to Roe and Cruzan.Thomas Halper - 1996 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 21 (2):121-135.
Respect for Autonomy and the Two Concepts of Liberty.Tuija Takala - 2007 - The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 1:69-72.
Privacy, Separation, and Control.Steve Matthews - 2008 - The Monist 91 (1):130-150.
The Moral Value of Informational Privacy in Cyberspace.Diane P. Michelfelder - 2001 - Ethics and Information Technology 3 (2):129-135.
Liberal Autonomy.Loren E. Lomasky - 1990 - Philosophy and Theology 4 (3):297-309.

Monthly downloads

Added to index


Total downloads

44 ( #111,742 of 2,110,517 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

1 ( #395,074 of 2,110,517 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature

There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.

Other forums