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Privacy, Intimacy, and Isolation

Julie C. Inness


From the Supreme Court to the bedroom, privacy is an intensely contested interest in our everyday lives and privacy law. Some people appeal to privacy to protect such critical areas as abortion, sexuality, and personal information. Yet, privacy skeptics argue that there is no such thing as a right to privacy. I argue that we cannot abandon the concept of privacy. If we wish to avoid extending this elusive concept to cover too much of our lives or shrinking it to cover too little, we must come to understand it. After exploring the privacy arguments of philosophers and constitutional and tort pr ... More

Keywords: abortion, Constitutional privacy law, intimacy, isolation, privacy, privacy law, sexuality, tort privacy law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780195104608
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195104609.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julie C. Inness, author
Mount Holyoke College