Kieron O’Hara, ‘Privacy: Essentially Contested, a Family Resemblance Concept, or a Family of Conceptions?’

Abstract
How to understand the concept of ‘privacy’ and related ideas has been very controversial for a number of years. Solove famously referred to privacy as a ‘concept in disarray’. This certainly goes beyond matters of semantics. For instance, understanding the value of privacy depends on how it is conceptualised, while the apparent incoherence of privacy has led some to call for its abandonment as a normative principle. Different diagnoses of the definitional problem have emerged, in particular that privacy is simply a disparate set of ideas in need of typology, not unification, an essentially-contested concept, or a family resemblance concept. This paper argues that the multiplicity of interpretations of privacy isn’t down to any of these …

O’Hara, Kieron, Privacy: Essentially Contested, a Family Resemblance Concept, or a Family of Conceptions? (October 7, 2018). Presented at the 2018 Amsterdam Privacy Conference, 7th October, 2018.

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