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Review of 'Law and the philosophy of privacy' By Janice Richardson

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This is a frustrating book: on the one hand, it promises a new outlook on the philosophy of privacy, based upon the work of Luciano Floridi and Baruch Spinoza, which is a welcome extension of the sources used to think about privacy in contemporary political philosophy; on the other hand, it virtually ignores the existing literature on the philosophy and law of privacy. As the presentation of the legal and philosophical issues tends to be schematic, it is quite difficult to know what the book offers by way of additions and corrections to the larger literature on privacy. The book has a bibliography after each chapter, which makes it hard to assess the sources overall, and to find references, unless you remember the chapter in which they occurred. This reinforces the sense that what is presented as a monograph is really a set of independent essays or lectures which, while individually interesting, do not give the reader a clearer sense of the way legal and philosophical issues about privacy fit together. [First paragraph]

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hal-02506470 , version 1 (12-03-2020)

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Annabelle Lever. Review of 'Law and the philosophy of privacy' By Janice Richardson. Contemporary Political Theory, 2017, 16 (3), pp.402-404. ⟨10.1057/s41296-016-0019-5⟩. ⟨hal-02506470⟩
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