Collections > Electronic Theses and Dissertations > "Hello, Clarice." (A Step) Towards a Philosophical Account of Intimacy

Despite the importance that many people today place on intimacy, there has been surprisingly little philosophical work done on the topic. This essay attempts to partially fill this lacuna by offering an account of some characteristic features of intimate interactions and providing the beginning steps towards a more nuanced view of intimacy. In short, the claim I will defend is that intimate interactions between people generally involve an instance of disclosure about something personal (by at least one person involved in the interaction) that is picked up by an empathetic individual, resulting in a specific kind of understanding of what’s being shared, and that is marked with a shared recognition that this kind of understanding has occurred. I’ll develop this point by looking at a few of the existing accounts of intimacy and a specific example from film.