Chapter

Aristotle on the Varieties of Friendship

A. W. Price

in Love and Friendship in Plato and Aristotle

Published in print September 1990 | ISBN: 9780198248996
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191681172 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198248996.003.0005

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

Aristotle on the Varieties of Friendship

Show Summary Details

Preview

Aristotle's account of perfect friendship amounts to an analysis of friendship as people conceive it, yet for him, it is only a part, if also the focus, of a wider classification of interpersonal relations to which the language of friendship is variable appropriate. It is best to trace the interconnections by which he maps out his topic before reflecting upon its boundaries. What emerges is not a genius of friendship that forms a whole which unifies its species, but a range of relationships held together less by subsumption under a single formula than by reference to a single type. Although there is no genius of friendship, friend is not quite homonymous, for the varieties of friendship are focally connected to a primary kind.

Keywords: Aristotle; friendship; interpersonal relations; interconnections; relationships

Chapter.  13900 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.