In this paper I argue for two things. First, many concerns we have regarding privacy—both regarding what things we do and do not want to protect in its name—can be explained through an account of our moral (legal and ethical) rights. Second, to understand a further set of moral (ethical and legal) concerns regarding privacy—especially the temptation to want to intrude on and disrespect others’ privacy and the gravity of such breaches and denials of privacy—we must appreciate the way in which protecting freedom requires us to take into account the sociality of human nature. I draw on Kant’s practical philosophy—his moral accounts of freedom (of virtue and of right) as well as of human nature and evil—to make these arguments.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationKant on Morality, Humanity, and Legality
Subtitle of host publicationPractical Dimensions of Normativity
EditorsAnsgar Lyssy, Christopher Yeomans
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9783030540500
ISBN (Print)9783030540494, 9783030540524
StatePublished - Oct 30 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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