Secrets : on the ethics of concealment and revelation

by Sissela Bok

Hardcover, 1982




New York : Pantheon Books, [1983] c1982.


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.


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