IRIE International Review of Information Ethics Vol. 16 (12/2011) Pluralism about the Value of Privacy

William Bülow
This paper responds to two counterexamples to the view that privacy is valuable because of its connection to personal autonomy. It is argued that these counterexamples fail to establish that personal autonomy is not relevant for the value of privacy, but only the cautious claim that respect for personal autonomy alone is not the only reason for which privacy ought to be respected. Based on the response to the counterexamples a distinction between value-monistic and value-pluralistic accounts
more » ... ut the value of privacy is introduced and it is argued that there are reasons for accepting a value-pluralistic approach to privacy.