David Matheson 







David Matheson
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Philosophy, Carleton University

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David received his PhD in philosophy from Brown University in 2003.  As one of the philosophers associated with On the Identity Trail, he is especially interested in the conceptual and moral issues that surround the project’s overall theme.

Among the specific topics that David has written about are privacy and knowableness, anonymity and responsible testimony, layperson authentication of contested experts, privacy and personal security, the nature of personal information, and the importance of privacy for friendship.



"Deeply Personal Information and the Reasonable Expectation of Privacy in Tessling" presented at “A Reasonable Expectation of Privacy? You be the Judge!”, Workshop presented at the Computers, Freedom & Privacy Conference, Montréal, May 1, 2007.


“Anonymity and Testimonial Warrant,” Principia: An International Journal of Epistemology 8 (2004): 213-31

“Conflicting Experts and Dialectical Performance: Adjudication Heuristics for the Layperson,” Argumentation: An International Journal on Reasoning 19 (2005): 145-58

.:works in progress:.

“Privacy, Knowledge, and Knowableness” (presented at the Canadian Philosophical Association annual meeting, University of Western Ontario, May 2005)

“The Right to Privacy and the Security of the Person”

"Overprotection, Surveillance, and the Development of Virtue"

.:blog*on*nymity essays:.

"A Self-narrative Approach to the Deeply Personal"

"The New Paternalism, Technologies of Conformity, and Virtue by Default"

“The Personal and the Empirical”

“Privacy Invasion and Conjunction Interferences with the Person”

“Why Does Privacy Matter for Friendship?”

“Privacy about the Future?”

“Skepticism about Anonymous Sources”

“Sensitivity and Personal Information”

“Nothing to Hide”

“Informational Privacy: Is There Another Kind?”

“Three Privacy Cheers for Etiquette?”

“Too Much Privacy”