Secrets: On the Ethics of Concealment and Revelation

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Mar 16, 2011 - Philosophy - 352 pages
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Shows how the ethical issues raised by secrets and secrecy in our careers or private lives take us to the heart of the critical questions of private and public morality.
 

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Contents

Approaches to Secrecy
3
Secrecy and Moral Choice
15
Coming to Experience Secrecy and Openness
29
Secret Societies
45
W Secrecy and SelfDeception
59
Gossip
89
Secrecy Power and Accountability
102
DK The Limits of Confidentiality
116
Secrecy and Competition in Science
153
Secrets of State
171
Military Secrecy
191
Whistleblowing and Leaking
210
Intrusive Social Science Research
230
Investigative Journalism
249
Undercover Police Operations
265
Conclusion
281

Trade and Corporate Secrecy
136

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About the author (2011)

Sissela Bok†is a senior visiting fellow at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. Previously, she was a professor of philosophy at Brandeis Univeristy. She is the author of†Lying: Moral Choice in Private and Public Life;†Secrets: On the Ethics of Concealment and Revelation;†A Strategy for Peace: Human Values and the Threat of War;†Alva Myrdal: A Daughter’s Memoir;†Mayhem: Violence as Public Entertainment;†Common Values; and†Exploring Happiness: From Aristotle to Brain Science. A former member of the Pulitzer Prize Board, Bok is a fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

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