The Friend as Another Self

in Philosophy and Friendship

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780748617272
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652358 | DOI:
The Friend as Another Self

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This chapter considers the nature of our identification with and attachment to the other in friendship. It examines the nature of the choice we make in befriending another person by reviewing philosophical literature on these topics, and argues that to identify with a friend is to associate or feel sympathy with her in terms of her feelings, interests, values, principles or actions. The chapter also discusses Aristotle's argument that the friend must be a separate self.

Keywords: friendship; philosophical literature; sympathy; feelings; interests; values; separate self; Aristotle

Chapter.  14596 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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