chapter  4
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Intimacy, Fidelity, and Commitments

This chapter, I fear, will be somewhat anticlimactic to some of my readers. I have spent the previous two chapters describing the nature of intimacy and presenting two apparently inadequate accounts of reasons of intimacy. However, what I have said about why those accounts are inadequate should have prepared my reader for the anticlimactic nature of this chapter’s account of reasons of intimacy. If common sense demands that reasons of intimacy not be derivative, then it seems that any account that grounds reasons of intimacy in something other than the intimate relationship itself will inevitably fail to meet the demands of common sense. And so the long awaited answer to the question as to why intimate relationships ground reasons is: because they are the sorts of relationships that they are, namely, the intimate kind as described in the last chapter.