National Forensic League
(Sep. - Oct. 2004)
Resolved: Individual claims of privacy ought to be valued above competing claims of societal welfare.
Is an individual’s claim to privacy concerning his or her medical
information more important than the potential benefits resulting from
having access to this information for medical research? Should this
information be disclosed to employers or insurers? Does the right to
privacy mean that abortion should be protected? Should the government
protect the privacy of celebrities, even though it may infringe upon
freedom of the press? Each of these issues is a key aspect of this
The fundamental question is, “Do individual rights supercede the greater
good?” Successful debaters will defend absolute claims to rights on the
affirmative and uphold utilitarianism or communitarianism on the
negative. This collection of articles will help you explore many of the
philosophical and policy implications of the protection of privacy.