Non può vivere bene chi non è in pace con il suo corpo.

Maria Raffaella Dalla Valle

mercoledì 25 aprile 2018

Rafael Jiménez Cataño, Taking care of the other’s image: when the other is beyond a border (En)

Abstract: It is possible for the philosophy of care to develop the anthropological meaning of face protection in front of menaces in the form of image care. Nevertheless, an image can be more or less faithful to its referent, and the referent can be the objective reality of the person, or the self-knowledge the person has, or the image other people have of the person, or even the artificial image someone wants to offer to people. Due to this ambiguity and not-automaticity, virtues are needed. This is the field of classical virtues like truthfulness, modesty, sincerity and the relative vices; and interpersonal virtues like affability, liberality, gratitude, loyalty, disinterestedness and the relative vices. These virtues configure the person. Interpersonal virtues and vices are relevant because they unfold the relationality that constitutes the person. From human vulnerability one can conclude the human vocation to care on the basis of relationality. In a certain sense people in contact are always beyond a border, which means otherness in itself. For the comprehension of border condition otherness is more decisive than distance. The virtues related to border condition find a reference point in care, which under the name of epiméleia, has a very long history and illuminating richness.

Keywords: care, image, politeness, rhetoric, virtues, anthropology. 

For a fertile link between Philosophy of Care and Theory of Politeness, the approach offered by the Fundamental Rhetoric of Peter Oesterreich [1] or by other anthropological approaches to Rhetoric [2] is very appropriate.

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Special Issue – 4th ESTIDIA Conference – Dialogues without Borders: Strategies of Interpersonal and Inter-group Communication, 29 – 30 September 2017, Faculty of Philosophy, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” Sofia, Bulgaria

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