Meeting of the Aristotelian Society held at Senate House, University of London, on 10 May 2010 at 4:15 pm.
XII—The Good of Friendship
Article first published online: 20 DEC 2010
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Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society (Hardback)
Volume 110, Issue 3pt3, pages 267–294, October 2010
How to Cite
Nehamas, A. (2010), XII—The Good of Friendship. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society (Hardback), 110: 267–294. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9264.2010.00287.x
- Issue published online: 20 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 20 DEC 2010
Problems with representing friendship in painting and the novel and its more successful displays in drama reflect the fact that friends seldom act as inspiringly as traditional images of the relationship suggest: friends' activities are often trivial, commonplace and boring, sometimes even criminal. Despite all that, the philosophical tradition has generally considered friendship a moral good. I argue that it is not a moral good, but a good nonetheless. It provides opportunities to try different ways of being, and is crucial to the processes through which we establish our individuality.