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Andrew McStay on Thu, 3 Jul 2014 00:16:54 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime-ann> Privacy and Philosophy: New Media and Affective Protocol

Hi all,
Some you might be interested in Privacy and Philosophy: New Media and Affective Protocol, a new book I have out with Peter Lang. See below for blurb, generous reviews, outline of content, and links to a sample chapter and appendix that provides an A to Z (admittedly with a few letters missing) of approaches to privacy I detail within the book.
What can philosophy tell us about privacy? Quite a lot as it turns out. With Privacy and Philosophy: New Media and Affective Protocol McStay draws on an array of philosophers to offer a refreshingly novel approach to privacy matters. Against the backdrop and scrutiny of Arendt, Aristotle, Bentham, Brentano, Deleuze, Engels, Heidegger, Hume, Husserl, James, Kant, Latour, Locke, Marx, Mill, Plato, Rorty, Ryle, Sartre, Skinner, Spinoza, Whitehead and Wittgenstein, among others, McStay advances a wealth of new ideas and terminology, from affective breaches to zombie media. Theorizing privacy as an affective principle of interaction between human and non-human actors, McStay progresses to make unique arguments on transparency, the publicness of subjectivity, our contemporary techno-social condition, and the nature of empathic media in an age of intentional machines. Reconstructing our most basic assumptions about privacy, this book is a must-read for theoreticians, empirical analysts, students, those contributing to policy and anyone interested in the steering philosophical ideas that inform their own orientation and thinking about privacy.
Joseph Turow (Robert Lewis Shayon Professor, The Annenberg School for Communication)
Contemporary privacy issues tend to be discussed in legal, policy or sociological terms.  Andrew McStay adds a welcome philosophical context to this discussion.  Impressively erudite, Privacy and Philosophy takes the reader on a trans-century tour that enlarges our understanding of the idea and its implications.
Mark Andrejevic (University of Queensland)
More than at any other time in recent history we are confronted with the pressing questions and contradictions raised by the notion of privacy -- and Andrew McStay's brilliantly illuminating philosophical tour of the concept provides thoughtful and original answers that will serve as touchstones for discussions of privacy in the era of Facebook, NSA data mining, and beyond. 
Jo Pierson (Free University of Brussels, iMinds-SMIT) 
The book gives a very original and kaleidoscopic perspective on the notion of privacy in an age of social and ubiquitous media. The well-chosen selection and in-depth discussion of evident and less evident philosophical views, broadens and deepens the view on this timely and intensely discussed issue. Especially the framing of privacy as an affective set of protocols within the social realm offers relevant and refreshing insights.
Clare Birchall (Kings College, London)
Offering a fresh and authoritative take on an established concept, McStay avoids the trap of only asking what philosophy can tell us about privacy, but also considers what privacy can tell us about epistemology, ontology, and metaphysics. This is an important contribution to our understanding of how privacy and publicity operate in culture today. 

Ch. 1 Introduction 

Section 1: Living Together
Ch. 2 Aristotle, borders and the coming of the social
Ch. 3 Liberalism, consent and the problem of seclusion
Ch. 4 Utilitarianism, radical transparency and moral truffles
Ch. 5 Pragmatism: jettisoning normativity â

Section 2: Knowing
Ch. 6 Heidegger (part 1): concerning a-historical being and events
Ch. 7 Heidegger (part 2): on moods and empathic media 
Ch. 8 Latour: raising the profile of immaterial actants
Ch. 9 Phenomenology: the rise of intentional machines
Ch. 10 The subject: caring for what is public
Ch. 11 Alienation: the value in being public
Ch. 12 Spinoza: politics of affect
Ch. 13 Whitehead: privacy events
Ch. 14 Community facts
Appendix: An A to Z of privacy: new theories and terminology
Peter Lang book homepage: http://tinyurl.com/ojpbga9â
Sample chapter 1: http://tinyurl.com/mmemhgyââ
Appendix of new theory: http://tinyurl.com/my4ot3v

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