ERIC Number: ED395582
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jun
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Information as a Primary Good from a Rawlsian Perspective.
Cizmar, Francis J.
This paper seeks to establish a philosophical foundation and a conceptual framework for a belief in the right to free information access. According to an overview of the professional literature, and to the moral philosophy of Immanuel Kant as operationalized in the theories of John Rawls, information can be seen as a primary good and as a necessity for the just operation of society. Hence, the inability to access information would be considered an injustice. This contention is used as an argument for free access to information--in other words, against library user fees--in an era when rapid technological advances and changes in the delivery and economics of information challenge the viability of libraries. Appendices include copies of the Library Bill of Rights, of some previous research in defining the term "information," and of the Freedom to Read Act. (Contains 18 references.) (BEW)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
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Identifiers: Conceptual Frameworks; Economics of Information; Information Equity; Injustice; Justice Reasoning; Kant (Immanuel); Philosophical Influences; Rawls (John); Social Good; User Fees
Note: Master's Research Paper, Kent State University.