n Tydskrif vir die Suid-Afrikaanse Reg - The concept of privacy in the South African constitution : reprise : aantekeninge

Volume 2008, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0257-7747
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2207



Open almost any work on privacy, whether in law or philosophy, and it will begin by lamenting the difficulty (even the impossibility) of defining the concept. What usually follows is a critique of all previous attempts at definition, preceding the announcement of a new and improved definition that answers all previous objections. This will, in turn, fall victim to the irremediable slipperiness of the concept that was admitted to at the outset and will be the subject of a successive attempt at definition, and so on. Is there any way to get off this merry-go-round?

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