Friendship in Contemporary Life

in Philosophy and Friendship

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780748617272
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652358 | DOI:
Friendship in Contemporary Life

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This chapter describes the nature of some of the modifications contemporary friendship demands, given the differentiation and fragmentation of contemporary life by comparison with the life of Aristotelian friends. It re-examines psychoanalytic perspectives on the formation of identity and the constitution of the self, focusing on the role of language, discourse, and imagination in these processes. The chapter suggests that friendship emerges as a creative and uncertain synthesis of the play of forces which create identity and difference between friends, and that creativity is illustrated by the use of an analogy between narrative discourse and friendship.

Keywords: friendship; contemporary life; Aristotelian friends; identity; self; language; imagination; narrative discourse

Chapter.  15425 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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