Library Trends 39 (1-2) Summer/Fall 1990: Intellectual Freedom, Parts I and II


Library Trends 39 (1-2) Summer/Fall 1990: Intellectual Freedom, Parts I and II. Edited by Diana Woodward.

If intellectual freedom is understood as the right both to disseminate one’s own views and to obtain access to the views of others, then censorship is one (of several) activities that may conflict with intellectual freedom. Censorship becomes an ethical issue when there is some “good” reason for censoring that is set in opposition to a “good” reason for not censoring. Paternalistic censorship is the censoring of information for the sake of the public (as opposed to the sake of the censorer). The other area where the value of intellectual freedom comes into conflict with other ethical values is in the area of privacy protection. When something I want to read is something you want kept private, then a conflict has arisen. These conflicts can be very difficult to sort out in part because it is difficult to say what material should receive privacy protection in what circumstances. Together these ethical concerns, intellectual freedom versus privacy protection and versus paternalistic censorship, make up this issue of Library Trends.

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