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Reification of Intimacy -A Socio-Philosophical Analysis

  • Journal of Humanities, Seoul National University
  • 2023, 80(2), pp.327-366
  • DOI : 10.17326/jhsnu.80.2.202305.327
  • Publisher : Institute of Humanities, Seoul National University
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : April 10, 2023
  • Accepted : May 13, 2023
  • Published : May 31, 2023

Taechang Jung 1

1공주대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This paper aims to lay the foundation for a systematical theorization of the reification of intimacy from a socio-philosophical perspective. To this end, this paper attempts to perform the following three tasks. First, the concepts of intimacy and intimate relationship are clarified in the light of relevant philosophical and sociological researches, and the concepts of sexuality, love, and family, which have been central to discussions related to the intimacy domain, are reviewed and their limitations are examined to show that intimacy is the most appropriate basic category for a socio-philosophical analysis on the phenomena of reification related to this domain. Second, this paper formalizes the reification of intimacy as a social pathology that occurs in three dimensions: ① subjectivity, ② intersubjectivity, and ③ objectivity, and examines five types of intimate relationships: love, affection, friendship, human-animal relationships, and human-divine relationships, with intimate relationship of love at the center of the reification process. Third, it outlines the main contents of the socio-philosophical analysis on reification of intimacy in three parts: (1) reification of intersubjectivity, (2) reification of subjectivity, and (3) reification of objectivity, and reveals the logical interconnection between (1) and (3).

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