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Civic Friendship

  1. Jason A. Scorza

Published Online: 1 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444367072.wbiee555

The International Encyclopedia of Ethics

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Scorza, J. A. 2013. Civic Friendship. The International Encyclopedia of Ethics. .

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  1. Published Online: 1 FEB 2013


Civic or political friendship (politikē philia) is a bond of reciprocal good will between fellow citizens (see Citizenship) expressed through norms of civic behavior, such as mutual recognition of moral equality, mutual concern, and mutual defense and support. Theories of civic friendship are, at their heart, normative arguments about the proper nature of political unity – that is to say, arguments about how fellow citizens in general should regard and relate to one another in the public sphere.


  • Aaristotle;
  • politics;
  • citizenship;
  • duty and obligation;
  • friendship