The Other Self as Friend

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 Other Self as Friend

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This chapter examines Cicero's thoughts about the notion of friend as the other self. It discusses the difference between Cicero and Aristotle's notion of friendship and suggests that unlike Aristotle, Cicero recognised that friendship has as much potential for creating conflict within the political sphere as it does for fostering harmony. The chapter also explains that Cicero was sceptical about the possibility of true friendships among men who are engaged in politics and affairs of state.

Keywords: friend; other self; Cicero; Aristotle; friendship; conflict; political sphere

Chapter.  18083 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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