The Shared Life

Nancy Sherman

in The Fabric of Character

Published in print March 1991 | ISBN: 9780198239178
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598395 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

 The Shared Life

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In Aristotle's view, the good life is a life lived amongst friends, and in particular, amongst friends of virtue or good character. I contrast this emphasis on attachment and intimacy with the themes of a more impartialist ethics, such as Kant presents. I then discuss friendship as a relational form of external good and discuss issues relating to both chosen friendships and natural philia.

Keywords: altruism; Aristotle; external goods; friendship; impartialist ethics; Kant; philia

Chapter.  15466 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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