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Philosophy and Friendship

Sandra Lynch


This book provides a philosophical exploration of the meaning and significance of friendship, explaining the persistence of friendship today in the light of the history of philosophical approaches to the subject. It considers ideals of intimacy and fusion in the context of claims that such ideals are unrealistic and even dangerous. Cicero's scepticism about friendship in the public realm is compared with the Aristotelian view of friendship as a genuine political bond, and with Derrida's development of that view via an exploration of Aristotle's alleged and provocative announcement ‘O my friend ... More

Keywords: friendship, philosophy, intimacy, Cicero, Aristotle, Derrida, love, respect, self-understanding, friends

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Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780748617272
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748617272.001.0001


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Sandra Lynch, author

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Part I Identity and Difference in Philosophical Conceptions of Friendship

Part II Friendship as an Ethical Relationship

Part III The Relationship between Friendship and Self-Understanding

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