One reason people value privacy is that it gives them the option of doing or thinking bad things - things that, if made public, would warrant blame, censure or punishment. Privacy protects several types of freedom - and one of these is the freedom to be bad. This paper will argue that this is a good thing.
Cressida Gaukroger is a Departmental Lecturer in Philosophy at Oxford University, having received a PhD from the City University of New York Graduate Center in 2014. Her article “Why Broad Content Can’t Influence Behaviour” recently appeared in Synthese.
Members of the audience are invited to join the speaker and the convenor for drinks and dinner at a local restaurant following the talk (at their own expense). There will obviously be some limit on the number of people who can attend. Those who wish to attend a particular dinner should write to Ed Lamb in advance to reserve a place.Please note that we will no longer be going to dinner afterwards at Somerville College to continue questioning the speaker. The current plan is rather for the speaker and convenor to go to a local restaurant which all are welcome to attend at their own expense. Please let me know in advance if you would like to attend a particular dinner. In future terms I may bring the time of the seminar forward to 3 – 5pm which would make it possible for all to go to pre-dinner drinks. Please let me know if this change of time would make you more or less likely to attend.