Friendship in Kallipolis

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Abstract / Description of output

That friends form some sort of unity is one of the remarkable facts about friendship. We identify with our friends in a way in which we do not identify with non-friends. This identification forms the foundation for the distinction that we make between friends and non-friends. Many other facts about friendship are grounded in it — such as the fact that we are willing to help friends in a way that goes beyond what is otherwise demanded by morality or custom. When our friends need someone to help them move to a new apartment, for example, we will help them without demanding anything in return; we would be rather reluctant to do the same for a stranger. So it is important to ask what sort of unity friendship possesses. In what follows, I shall argue that we find an interesting conception of this unity in Plato.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThinking about Friendship
Subtitle of host publicationHistorical and Contemporary Philosophical Perspectives
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Pages47-64
ISBN (Electronic)9781137003997, 9781137003997
ISBN (Print)9781137003980, 9781349434473, 1137003995
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Aristotle
  • morality
  • philosophy
  • Polis

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