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Title Right most valued by civilized man, The
Subject Privacy, Right of; Liberty; Sociological jurisprudence
Description Twenty Third Annual Frederick William Reynolds Lecture.
Creator Dykstra, Daniel James.
Publisher Extension Division, University of Utah
Date 1959-02-12
Date Digital 2008-05-29
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Resource Identifier,334
Source LD5526 .U8 n.s. v.50 no.12
Language eng
Relation Digital reproduction of "The Right most valued by civilized man," J. Willard Marriott Library Special Collections
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Metadata Cataloger Seungkeol Choe; Ken Rockwell
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Description "THE RIGHT MOST VALUED BY CIVILIZED MAN" By Daniel J. Dykstra I. Justice Brandeis, writing with characteristic vigor, called "the right to be let alone" the "most comprehensive of rights," the one "most valued by civilized man." 1 In these phrases he spoke on behalf of the dignity of all individuals; he spoke for their prerogative to live lives free from unwarranted interference. The right to which he thus accorded the highest value is essentially a problem pertaining to man's relationship to man and to man's relationship to government. As such, it is a subject which is as old as society itself â€" one which, as Mill observed, has "divided mankind, almost from the remotest ages."2 As such, it is also a topic of many facets, for it is concerned with one man versus the group, with the respective rights of minorities and majorities, and with the powers and limitations of government in its association with individuals. More specifically, the right to be let alone is concerned with: the prying neighbor, the indiscreet associate, the integrity of the home, the sanctity of opinions and thoughts, the right of association, freedom of the press, freedom of speech and religion, and with a vast number of other factors which give dignity and meaning to the life of one man. Obviously, what we are talking about is a well-plowed field. In various forms it concerned Aristotle, Milton, Hobbes, Spencer, Locke, Montesquieu, Mill, and many other philosophers and writers of bygone periods. In current literature, concern with the status of man in his relation to his human environment is portrayed in such best sellers as William H. Whyte, Jr.'s The Organization Man, George Orwell's 1984, and Aldous Huxley's Brave New World Revisited. Why then, it may be legitimately asked, another paper on this subject? The justification is two-fold: (1) the problem of "how much of human life should be assigned to individuality, and how much to society" 3 is never static and thus always timely; and (2) there are currently operative forces which seriously threaten to alter the historic relationship of the individual to government and to society. What is more, the impact of these forces is not fully recognized or appreciated. 1. Olmstead v. United States, 277 U.S. 438, 478 (1928). 2. Mill, On Liberty 1 (Crofts Classics ed., 1947). 3. Id., at 75. 7
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Source Original Manuscript: The right most valued by civilized man by Daniel J. Dykstra.
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Date Created 2008-07-29
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