Friendship and Self-Love

W.F.R. Hardie

in Aristotle's Ethical Theory

Second edition

Published in print January 1980 | ISBN: 9780198246329
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680953 | DOI:
Friendship and Self-Love

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‘Friendship’ is an inadequate rendering of philia, which covers any mutual attraction between two human beings. Friends are persons outside the immediate family circle with whom interests are shared, so that conversation is easy. Philoi include friends in this sense but also all those who are ‘dear’, especially wives and husbands and children and parents. There is a natural philia between parents and offspring. Meanwhile, marriage is an important kind of friendship for Aristotle. In the Politics as in the Ethics, Aristotle dwells on the biological and instinctive basis of the tendency in human beings to seek each other's company.

Keywords: philia; parents; virtue; mutual attraction; love; marriage

Chapter.  7822 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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