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Care and CommitmentTaking the Personal Point of View$
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Jeffrey Blustein

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780195067996

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195067996.001.0001

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Personal and Nonpersonal Relations

Personal and Nonpersonal Relations

(p.154) 15 Personal and Nonpersonal Relations
Care and Commitment

Jeffrey Blustein

Oxford University Press

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

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