What is face-to-face?

  • (adj): In each other's presence.
    Example: "A face-to-face encounter"
    See also — Additional definitions below

Face-to-face

The face-to-face (tête-à-tête) relation is a concept in the French philosopher Emmanuel Levinas' thought on human sociality. It means that, ethically, people are responsible to one-another in the face-to-face encounter. Specifically, Levinas says that the human face "orders and ordains" us. It calls the subject into “giving and serving” the Other.

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More definitions of "face-to-face":

  • (adv): Directly facing each other.
    Example: "The two photographs lay face-to-face on the table"; "lived all their lives in houses face-to-face across the street"
    Synonyms: opposite
  • (adv): Within each other's presence.
    Example: "She met the president face-to-face"