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ISBN 978-0-8126-9988-3


xii + 260 pages


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The Ethics of Secrecy and Exposure

Edited by Christian Cotton and Robert Arp

“In this timely book, a team of fearless thinkers takes on some timeless topics of truth, secrecy, transparency, and responsibility. Their reflections are not to be missed. If this were not being published, it would be leaked. It’s that important!”

—Tom Morris, bestselling author of The Oasis Within (2015), Philosophy for Dummies (1999) and If Aristotle Ran General Motors (1998)

“The most exciting thing about this book is that the various authors tackle the whole question of ethical and unethical leaking from surprising angles and diverse points of view. Whatever your general outlook on WikiLeaks, this book has something to shake you out of your complacency.”

— Ray Scott Percival, author of The Myth of the Closed Mind (2012)

 “Don’t go getting all high and mighty. Somewhere in cyberspace is every e-mail you shouldn’t have sent, every text, every chat, every website you visited, and enough dirt to ruin your image. You know it and Assange’s dark crew knows it too. Maybe they leave you alone, maybe they don’t. But they don’t owe you anything. If you’re high and mighty, you already pissed them off. These philosophical authors risk the wrath of the dark web as they assess the do’s and don’t’s, the right and wrong, the future and the past of the ultimate trolls under the postmodern bridge.”

— Randall E. Auxier, author of Metaphysical Graffiti: Deep Cuts in the Philosophy of Rock (2017)

 “In this modern age of information at the touch of a keyboard and the idea of ‘fake news’ our secrets and personal information have become more coveted than ever. This book gives us provocative views of one of the most important and controversial representations of our secrets.”

— Gerald Browning, author of Demon in My Head (2001)

 “Back in 2008, anyone could post to WikiLeaks anonymously and untraceably. Now no one can release information to WikiLeaks without some anonymous reviewer sanctioning what’s uploaded. Has the 180 switch in WikiLeaks policy begotten the very kind of autocratic beast Assange set out to slay? This book gives you plenty of food for thought.”

— Rick Anderson, independent media critic

Christian Cotton is an independent scholar and freelance writer who has taught philosophy and religion at the University of Georgia and Piedmont College. He contributed chapters to Bad Arguments: 100 of the Most Important Fallacies in Western Philosophy (2018).

Robert Arp teaches philosophy and is a research instructor for the US Army. He co-wrote Philosophy Hacks: Shortcuts to 100 Ideas (2018) and wrote Scenario Visualization: An Evolutionary Account of Creative Problem Solving (2008).

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