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Difficulties of Ethical Life$
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Shannon Sullivan and Dennis J. Schmidt

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780823229734

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823229734.001.0001

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The Intimacy of Strangers

The Intimacy of Strangers

The Difficulty of Closeness and the Ethics of Distance

(p.112) 7 The Intimacy of Strangers
Difficulties of Ethical Life

Eduardo Mendieta

Fordham University Press

This chapter draws on the works of Plato, Avishai Margalit, Hans Jonas, and Levinas to demonstrate how ethics, in contrast to morality, is rooted in closeness and vicinity. It argues that by making strangers seem near and those who are close by and familiar seem remote, contemporary technologies fundamentally rearrange the sense of space and time, producing a new social geography with distinctive ethical challenges.

Keywords:   strangers, closeness, ethics, vicinity, space, time, social geography

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