Privacy, Private Property and Collective Property

The Good Society 21.1. 2012, 47-60

13 Pages Posted: 26 Jul 2016

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Annabelle Lever

University of Geneva - Department of Political Science and International Relations

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Date Written: July 22, 2012

Abstract

In a famous article, Judith Thomson argued that privacy rights are really property rights in disguise. This article takes issue with this claim, and shows why talk of a right to privacy isn't always just a confused or confusing way of talking about our interests in property or in liberty. It then draws out the significance of these claims for people's interests in collective, as well as private, property and their relevance to Rawls' idea of a 'property-owning democracy'.

Keywords: privacy, private property, equality, liberty, property-owning democracy, Rawls, J.D.Salinger, Joyce Maynard, Judy Thomson, Jeremy Waldron, collective property, homelessness, disadvantage, Iris Marion Young,

Suggested Citation

Lever, Annabelle, Privacy, Private Property and Collective Property (July 22, 2012). The Good Society 21.1. 2012, 47-60. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2813245

Annabelle Lever (Contact Author)

University of Geneva - Department of Political Science and International Relations ( email )

40 Boulevard du Pont D'Arve
Geneva, Geneve CH 1207
Switzerland

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