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Unformatted text preview: FRIENDSHIP Why talk about it in a book on ethics? friends are fine friends are useful pleasant necessary solitude is not good for political animals (148) no one would choose to live without friends, even if he had all the other goods(119) life w/o friends not comprehensive good not self-sufficient good? What is friendship? PHILIA Friendship involves (p. 121) 1. Wishing someone good/well for his/her own sake, with feelings of fondness [more than just friendliness] 2. mutual well-wishing 3. both knowing of the mutuality Aristotle's classifies friendship into 3 kinds : based upon their objects or causes- usefulness pleasure character Friendships of utility- based upon mutual usefulness typical among older people, who care about advantage more than pleasure often dissolve quickly, because usefulness is temporary tend not to live together less intimate than other kinds of friends Friendships of pleasure- based upon mutual pleasure typical among the young, who care a lot about pleasure...
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course PSY 201 taught by Professor Arthur during the Spring '08 term at Purdue University-West Lafayette.
- Spring '08