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Philosophy and Friendship$
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Sandra Lynch

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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Seeing Oneself as Friend

Seeing Oneself as Friend

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(p.128) (p.129) Chapter 5 Seeing Oneself as Friend
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Philosophy and Friendship
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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748617272.003.0005

This chapter addresses the question and the concepts of self-constitution and self-understanding as they are relevant to relations between friends. It considers questions of judgement and balance in relation to the presence of tension between friends and explores the process of self-constitution, the role of emotion in that process, and its relation to notions of self-worth and rational self-concern. The chapter explains the role of friends in the process of self-constitution, and reviews the relevant works of David Hume and Baruch Spinoza.

Keywords:   self-constitution, self-understanding, friends, emotion, self-worth, rational self-concern, David Hume, Baruch Spinoza

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