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Problems with Aristotle’s account of friendship? I. Complete friendship is still conditional : based upon similarity in virtue and “living together” if a large difference in wealth or status develops, should/can we continue to be friends? (127) if the other's character changes, should we still love him? (141) But given the human function and state, we may need unconditional friendship in order to be happy. Is life w/o unconditioned friendship a comprehensive good? Don’t we most need assistance when we have bad character? Do we need unconditional friendship to attain perfect happiness? ( A q u i n a s )
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II. Aristotle sees difference as a defect in friendship Sameness - the friend is “another himself,” an alter ego Have similar beliefs about what is good and who deserves what similarity contributes a certain kind of usefulness needed for observation of virtue (mirror of myself), to learn from and appreciate “wide gaps” in wealth, virtue, etc. make friendship difficult (127)
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