Philosophy: Wise about Friendship?

Adriaan T. Peperazak

in Thinking about Thinking

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780823240173
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823240210 | DOI:
Philosophy: Wise about Friendship?

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To broach a discussion about the relationships between philosophy and friendship, this chapter begins by asking: to what extent should friendship play a role in philosophy, and to what extent can philosophy play a role in friendship? If friendship is a topic of ethics, and if a reflection on the practice and theory of philosophy constitutes a metaphilosophy, a meditation on the relations between philosophy and friendship belongs to the ethical part of metaphilosophy or the metaethical part of ethics. Ethical considerations remain too abstract if they are not preceded and followed by an analysis of the social and political situation from which ethical questions emerge and an examination of the connections that bind our virtues to the various dimensions of philia. This chapter first describes philosophy as a social practice that has its own political conditions, and then focuses on some ethical aspects of the more or less friendly kinds of exchange between philosophers. It also discusses institutions of the philosophical republic, and the initiation and education of a philosopher.

Keywords: philosophy; friendship; ethics; metaphilosophy; philia; philosophers; initiation; education; republic

Chapter.  8023 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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