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Single Idea 18663

[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / D. Ideologies / 6. Liberalism / a. Nature of Liberalism]

Full Idea

Modern liberalism is concerned not only to protect the private sphere of social life, but also to carve out a realm within the private sphere where individuals can have privacy.

Gist of Idea

Modern liberalism has added personal privacy to our personal social lives


Will Kymlicka (Contemporary Political Philosophy: Intro [1990], 7.2.b)

Book Reference

Kymlicka,Will: 'Contemporary Political Philosophy: an Intro' [OUP 1992], p.258

A Reaction

Interestingly, he associates this development with the romantic movement, which designated social interaction as public and political, creating a need for true privacy. Privacy is the blessing and blight of the modern world.