The Intimacy of Strangers

Eduardo Mendieta

in Difficulties of Ethical Life

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780823229734
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235186 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

The Intimacy of Strangers

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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

Chapter.  7420 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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