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Nicole Leung Berghof Humanities Core 1A December 2, 2009 The Excellence of Friendship in Aristotle’s Ethics (edited pargraph) We live at a time when friendships can be made very easily in person or even online, and as a result these relationship are often rather shallow. Turn back time a few thousand years, and we can experience how friendships were made and kept at a time when relationships were very important and people strove for a perfect friendship. The relationship between Alcibiades and Socrates is one such relationship which requires deep analysis to truly understand. At first
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Unformatted text preview: glance, one may only notice the element of eroticism occurring in the so-called friendship between Alcibiades and Socrates. However taking a second look at the relationship between these two “lovers” suddenly reveals other forms of friendship. By relating Aristotle’s ideas of perfect, imperfect, symmetric, and asymmetric friendships to the interactions between these two men in the text of Plato’s Symposium , can one truly begin to analyze the depth of Alcibiades and Socrates’ relationship....
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