Approaching the Kaleidoscope of Friendship

in Philosophy and Friendship

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780748617272
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652358 | DOI:
Approaching the Kaleidoscope of Friendship

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This chapter examines some facets of the kaleidoscope that is friendship. It traces the etymological history of the term, and analyses its various uses and misuses from the poetry and philosophy of the ancient Greeks as well as from current usage. The chapter explores taxonomies of friendship developed by Aristotle and Immanuel Kant, and discusses how Ludwig Wittgenstein's notion of the family-resemblance concept might be useful in trying to understand friendship.

Keywords: friendship; poetry; philosophy; etymology; Aristotle; Immanuel Kant; Ludwig Wittgenstein; family resemblance

Chapter.  10007 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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