Aristotle and the Philosophy of Friendship

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This is the first comprehensive study of the major philosophical works on friendship. The book gives central place to Aristotle's searching examination of friendship and self-love in the Nicomachean Ethics. Lorraine Smith Pangle argues that the difficulties in this discussion that have long puzzled scholars can be resolved once one understands the complexity of purpose of the Ethics as both a source of practical guidance for life and a profound, unsettling theoretical investigation into human nature.
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"[Pangle's] focus on friendship enables the reader to appreciate more deeply the tensions of political life, virtue, and ultimately the life of philosophy...Aristotle's insights come alive in these pages. She also provides convincing proof that the relationship between teacher and student is the paradigmatic friendship, and we are in debt for her benefaction." Review of Politics

"[G]ood discussions of textual problems..... Recommended." Choice

"A valuable contribution to our undertanding of an important topic, not least because it is willing to take risks by including a wide range of philosophical opinions, and by presenting the author's own views alongside those of Plato, Aristotle, Montaigne and Cicero. It repays careful reading by Classicists, historians of philosophy, and all others interested in learning more about friendship." Classical Bulletin

"Pangle has given us a deeply humane account of Aristotelian ideas...At the same time, Pangle's acute critical intelligence enables her to enrich our understanding of Aristotle's doctrines and to bring to light his argumentative and rhetorical strategies." Ancient Philosophy, Dirk t. D. Held, Connecticut College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521052672
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 1,264,799
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Challenge of Plato's Lysis 1
2 The Three Kinds of Friendship 20
3 Aristotle and Montaigne on Friendship as the Greatest Good 37
4 Friendships in Politics and the Family 79
5 Cicero's Laelius: Political Friendship at Its Best 105
6 Quarrels, Conflicting Claims, and Dissolutions 123
7 Friends as Other Selves 142
8 Goodwill, Concord, and the Love of Benefactors 155
9 Self-Love and Noble Sacrifice 169
10 Friendship in the Happy Life 183
Notes 201
Bibliography of Modern Works and Editions 243
Index of Names 251
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