Useful but Dissapointing. As one of the few books in the market that claims to develop a theory of privacy, I expected a lot more. In the first two ch...moreUseful but Dissapointing. As one of the few books in the market that claims to develop a theory of privacy, I expected a lot more. In the first two chapters Solove criticizes the main theories of privacy, trying to demonstrate that privacy is a "concept in disarray". Although somewhat informative, I found the exercise superficial. Solove fails in my view to show how the different traditions of privacy have developed around the world and to make the reader understand the main issues surrounding privacy. He overuses citations, and many times they are not useful or seem suspiciously convenient to prove his point. He tries to provide a "global" explanation of the matters, but again his citations of the laws of other countries seem superficial and random.
In the following four chapters Solove attempts to formulate his "own theory of privacy", using Wittgenstein's "family resemblance" approach. I have only a vague understanding of what this approach means, but in my view Solove confuses using this approach with not making any attempts to conceptualize, limiting himself to providing a comprehensive and useful overwiew of the problems surrounding privacy today in the United States. Perphaps a more humble title would have been "A taxonomy of privacy", as the fifth chapter is entitled.
In spite of these shortcomings, the book was useful because it provides a good "inventory" of the problems that are covered in the US under the tag "privacy". It also gave important insights to many of these matters.(less)
As a general reader, I found these collection of essays to be a great introduction to Rorty. First, It deals with the central issues of its thought, s...moreAs a general reader, I found these collection of essays to be a great introduction to Rorty. First, It deals with the central issues of its thought, such as its criticism of the reality-appearance distinction, in a very clear way that does not presuppose any particular knowledge of philosophy. Second, it tells the story of how Rorty ended up where he did, from his intention to be a Platonist in his teens to how he became an admirer of Dewey. This is always very interesting reading. Third, it covers several applications of the pragmatic thought in different realms, such as education and law. Finally, it is not a long book (270 pages), so it leaves you wanting for more.
On the downside, I found some of the articles at the end, specially those that cover his political views, unnecessary or not really suited for the purpose of the book.
I recommend this collection of essays for anyone interesting in knowing Rorty's thought that might be a little bit scared (as I am) to start with one of his books.(less)
Excellent. Interest arguments about why the poorest countries are stuck in "traps" (natural resources, conflict, landlocked and bad governance) and or...moreExcellent. Interest arguments about why the poorest countries are stuck in "traps" (natural resources, conflict, landlocked and bad governance) and original ideas on how to get them out (Aid, military intervention, laws and charters and trade policy). Very well founded on data and the author's own research. Critical of Sach's "over-played" focus on aid. An eye-opener!(less)