Patricia Meyer Spacks

in Privacy

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780226768601
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226768618 | DOI:

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This chapter focuses on the issue of privacy in England during the eighteenth century. It argues that, contrary to popular belief, eighteenth-century England did not originate the concept of privacy. The issue of privacy, particularly psychological privacy, was only given a new level of attention during this period. The debate over privacy in eighteenth-century Britain often took covert forms. This chapter suggests that privacy is an imaginative category and discusses philosopher Jürgen Habermas' seminal formulation of the modern relation between public and private.

Keywords: privacy; eighteenth century; England; psychological privacy; imaginative category; Jürgen Habermas; public and private

Chapter.  11161 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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