A Buddhist Theory of Privacy

  • Soraj Hongladarom

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Philosophy book series (BRIEFSPHILOSOPH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Soraj Hongladarom
    Pages 1-8
  3. Soraj Hongladarom
    Pages 9-35
  4. Soraj Hongladarom
    Pages 37-56
  5. Soraj Hongladarom
    Pages 57-84
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 85-87

About this book


This book offers a new way to justify privacy based on a theory derived from Buddhist insights. It uses insights obtained from the Buddhist teachings on Non-Self to create an alternative theory of privacy. In doing so, the author first spells out the inherent differences between the Buddhist insights and the beliefs underlying conventional theories of privacy. While Buddhism views the self as existing conventionally through interactions with others, as well as through interrelations with other basic components, non-Buddhist ideas of self are understood as being grounded upon autonomous subjects, commonly understood to be entitled to rights and dignity. In light of this, the book offers ways in which these seemingly disparate concepts can be reconciled, while keeping in mind the need for protecting citizens’ privacy in a modern information society. It also argues that the new way of conceptualizing privacy, as presented in this book, would go a long way in helping unravel the difficult concept of group privacy.


Buddhist Theory of Privacy Cultural Attitudes toward Privacy Teachings of Non-Self theory of privacy group privacy

Authors and affiliations

  • Soraj Hongladarom
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  1. 1.Philosophy, Faculty of ArtsChulalongkorn Univ, Dept ofBangkok 10330Thailand

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