Relational Complexity and Ethical Responsibility

Journal of Religious Ethics 47 (1):154-165 (2019)
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Abstract

Richard Miller uses the concepts of alterity and intimacy as touchstones for analyzing neglected aspects of our interpersonal and social relationships. He argues that, as persons in relation, we oscillate between experiences of alterity and intimacy, and it is with a greater awareness of this oscillation that we do best to consider our ethical responsibilities. This paper affirms the value of thinking about—and potentially reimagining—how we conceive and relate to various others. It also makes explicit that, as persons, each of us is separate, not only from some, but from all other persons, even as we are also one with them. Moreover, each of us is different from all other persons, even as we are also like them. The aspects of persons and relationships on which we focus, in a given situation, matter because they partly determine the choices that we make in another’s regard.

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Alterity, Intimacy, and the Cultural Turn in Religious Ethics.Richard B. Miller - 2019 - Journal of Religious Ethics 47 (1):203-216.

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