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When the State Speaks, What Should It Say?How Democracies Can Protect Expression and Promote Equality$
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Corey Brettschneider

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691147628

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691147628.001.0001

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Publicly Justifiable Privacy and Reflective Revision by Citizens

Publicly Justifiable Privacy and Reflective Revision by Citizens

(p.51) Chapter Two Publicly Justifiable Privacy and Reflective Revision by Citizens
When the State Speaks, What Should It Say?

Corey Brettschneider

Princeton University Press

This chapter discusses the conception of “publicly justifiable privacy,” which clarifies the implications of the principle of public relevance for thinking about the divide between public and private. This conception of publicly justifiable privacy challenges the traditional liberal approach of separating public values from the internal dynamics of the family and civil society. According to publicly justifiable privacy, family and civil society practices that conflict with free and equal citizenship should be protected by rights, but ideally should be amended to be compatible with public values. The chapter then argues that people should engage in reflective revision to change those personal beliefs and practices.

Keywords:   publicly justifiable privacy, public relevance, public values, family values, civil society, equal citizenship, reflective revision

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