Philosophy 003 Paper(REWRITE -ARISTOTLE)

Philosophy 003 Paper(REWRITE -ARISTOTLE) - Andrew Coppa...

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Andrew Coppa Phil 003 12/9/10 Short Paper An Old Matter In A Modern View We are social creatures. As living souls, we encompass ourselves with other human beings, our friends. It is in our nature. We are continuously attempting to widen the circumference of our group of friends. Aristotle portrays the relevance of friendship, books VIII and IX of the “Nicomachean Ethics” deal entirely with this topic. A modern day definition of a friend can be defined as “one joined to another in intimacy and mutual benevolence independently of sexual or family love”. (Oxford English Dictionary). Aristotle’s stance on friendship has a much broader sense than this definition. His arguments certainly have their flaws. In this essay, I will carefully outline what Aristotle said about friendship in the Nichomachaen Ethics and highlight potential flaws in his arguments; while contrasting his views to Immanuel Kant and the modern interpretation of friendship. Friendship for Aristotle (and Greeks in general), as mentioned above, is much broader than society’s understanding today. Aristotle notices less intimate bonds as friendships as well as the intimate relationship in the modern definition. Relationships between husband and wife, father and son, neighbors, business partners, team members, members of a political party, teacher and student, etc would all be recognized as
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friendships in Aristotle’s eyes. Nonetheless, he does distinguish between different types of friendship. Friendships for Aristotle are split into three crucial classifications. (Aristotle) Friendships of utility are based on people who benefit one another. This is the foundation for this friendship. (Aristotle) Today, one may see a friendship of utility in the relationship between a car salesman and the consumer. The car salesman needs the buyer because he is trying to make a living and the buyer needs the salesman because he wants a car. Both have something that the other wants. These friendships tend not last very long; once the consumer fulfills his purpose for salesman, or visa versa, the connection between the two is disconnected and the friendship no longer exists These friendships of utility are common among old people, for in old age people pursue something for intent rather than amusement. Friendships of pleasure are founded on the extent of pleasure the people get from being in the relationship. (Aristotle) People who go to football games together, or who go to the bar together may be associated with this type of friendship. They are friends for their own behalf, because the friendship brings them pleasure and entertainment; the
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