Philosophy and Public Affairs 27 (1):3-30 (1998)

Thomas Nagel
New York University
Everyone knows that something has gone wrong, in the United States, with the conventions of privacy. Along with a vastly increased tolerance for variation in sexual life we have seen a sharp increase in prurient and censorious attention to the sexual lives of public figures and famous persons, past and present. The culture seems to be growing more tolerant and more intolerant at the same time, though perhaps different parts of it are involved in the two movements.
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DOI 10.1111/j.1088-4963.1998.tb00057.x
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