Friendship in an Age of Economics: Resisting the Forces of Neoliberalism

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We live in an age of economics. We are encouraged not only to think of our work but also of our lives in economic terms. In many of our practices, we are told that we are consumers and entrepreneurs. What has come to be called neoliberalism is not only a theory of market relations; it is a theory of human relations. Friendship in an Age of Economics both describes and confronts this new reality. It confronts it on some familiar terrain: that of friendship. Friendship, particularly close or deep friendship, ...

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Overview

We live in an age of economics. We are encouraged not only to think of our work but also of our lives in economic terms. In many of our practices, we are told that we are consumers and entrepreneurs. What has come to be called neoliberalism is not only a theory of market relations; it is a theory of human relations. Friendship in an Age of Economics both describes and confronts this new reality. It confronts it on some familiar terrain: that of friendship. Friendship, particularly close or deep friendship, resists categorization into economic terms. In a sustained investigation of friendship, this book shows how friendship offers an alternative to neoliberal relationships and can help lay the groundwork for resistance to it.

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Editorial Reviews

John Protevi
Todd May's book on friendship in our age is the sort of book people used to complain philosophers don't write: smart, insightful, clearly written,on a topic of vital importance,and able to be appreciated by philosophers and non-philosophers alike. Aristotle, on whom May writes wonderfully, said that only beasts or gods have no need of friends. So if you don't fall into either of those categories, you owe it to yourself to read this book.
Jules Lobel
Todd May's important book is a powerful critique of the role neoliberalism plays in our personal lives, and of the type of life it encourages us to live. But May also presents an alternative based on deep friendship, and demonstrates the possibilities of overcoming the sense of hopelessness that so pervades modern America.
Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
May's book makes many insightful claims and raises a lot of intriguing questions about the nature of friendship and its role in the good life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739192849
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Pages: 164
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Todd May is Class of 1941 Memorial Professor of the Humanities at Clemson University.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Neoliberalism
Chapter 2: Figures
Chapter 3: The Figures of Neoliberalism
Chapter 4: Varieties of Friendship
Chapter 5: Deep Friendships
Appendix to Chapter 5
Chapter 6: Friendship as Alternative to Neoliberalism
Chapter 7: Friendship as Resistance to Neoliberalism
Chapter 8: Conclusion

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