Glass Panels and Peepholes: Nonhuman Animals and the Right to Privacy

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In this paper I defend the claim that many sentient nonhuman animals have a right to privacy. I begin by outlining the view that the human right to privacy protects our interest in shaping special relationships with one another by giving us control over how we present ourselves to others. I then draw on empirical research to show that nonhuman animals also have this interest, which grounds a right to privacy against us. I further argue that we can violate this right even when other animals are unaware that we are watching them. © 2020, University of Southern California and John Wiley & Sons Ltd.. The attached document (embargoed until 16/11/2022) is an author produced version of a paper published in PACIFIC PHILOSOPHICAL QUARTERLY uploaded in accordance with the publisher’s self-archiving policy. The final published version (version of record) is available online at the link. Some minor differences between this version and the final published version may remain. We suggest you refer to the final published version should you wish to cite from it.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)628-650
JournalPacific Philosophical Quarterly
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 16 Nov 2020


  • Animals
  • Privacy
  • Rights
  • Surveillance
  • Relationships

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