By Christopher Lauer

a big contribution to the burgeoning box of the ethics of popularity, this ebook examines the contradictions inherent within the very suggestion of intimacy. operating with a large choice of philosophical and literary resources, it warns opposed to measuring our relations opposed to excellent criteria, due to the fact that there isn't any consummate type of intimacy.

After studying ten significant ways in which we objective to set up intimacy with each other, together with gift-giving, touching, and fetishes, the publication concludes that every fails by itself phrases, because intimacy desires whatever that's very unlikely. The very notion of intimacy is a superlative one; it goals not only for closeness, yet for a closeness past closeness. however, faraway from a pessimistic prognosis of the human , it is a meditation on find out how to reside in detail in a global during which intimacy is very unlikely. instead of contenting itself with a deconstructive procedure, it proposes to regard intimacy dialectically. For all its contradictions, it indicates intimacy is important to how we comprehend ourselves and our relationships to others.

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