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Secrets : on the ethics of concealment and revelation

We live in a society where almost every person and institution has closely guarded secrets. What kind of moral issues do these raise for individuals and for society? Under what circumstances is it wrong to pry into secrets? Are there times when a promise of secrecy must be broken? What about journalists' protection of sources, government suppression of information, covert police activity, scientific secrecy? [In this book, the author] investigates these and other questions as they arise in family life, with friends, at work, in public affairs and in special circumstances like the confessional or psychotherapy.-Back cover
eBook, English, 1989, ©1983
Vintage Books, New York, 1989, ©1983
1 online resource (374 pages)
9780307761729, 030776172X
Approaches to secrecy
Secrecy and moral choice
Coming to experience secrecy and openness
Secret societies
Secrecy and self-deception
Secrecy, power, and accountability
Limits of confidentiality
Trade and corporate secrecy
Secrecy and competition in science
Secrets of state
Military secrecy
Whistleblowing adn leaking
Intrusive social science research
Investigative journalism
Undercover police operations
Reprint. Originally published: New York : Pantheon Books, 1983, ©1982