Personal and Nonpersonal Relations

Jeffrey Blustein

in Care and Commitment

Published in print January 1992 | ISBN: 9780195067996
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199852895 | DOI:
Personal and Nonpersonal Relations

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This chapter clarifies how relationships can fail to be personal. It discusses and considers three kinds of relationships: those of strangers, of role occupants, and of acquaintances. It characterizes a personal relation as an intimate relationship that persists over some more or less extended period of time, in which the parties engage in a range of shared activities, and each is predominantly moved by considerations that make the other matter in the person's own right.

Keywords: relationships; personal relations; strangers; role occupants; acquaintances; intimate; nonpersonal relations

Chapter.  4616 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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