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Civic Friendship in the midst of Consumerism

Civic Friendship in the midst of Consumerism

Neoliberalism, concisely explained, is a policy model that places and value and importance on free trade and a competitive free market that has as little interference from the state as possible. The promotion of these values (freedom, competition, etc.) is heavily backed by the belief of many people that a neoliberal economy is ideal for(…)

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Friendship and Democracy

Friendship and Democracy

A paradigm, as we spoke about in class, refers to a “general way or pattern of behaving, that is, of thinking, feeling, and acting in a domain of human experience such as art, religion, politics, business, society, morality, education, or science.”[1] In other words, a paradigm is a model—a general example of people’s behavioral patterns(…)

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The Importance of Virtue

The Importance of Virtue

Friendship is something that transcends people’s labels and conceptions of identity in ways that many relationships are not able to do. This can be attributed, in part, to the similar ways in which friendship has been theorized by philosophers of various cultural backgrounds. Looking at how friendship has been theorized specifically in Confucian, Hindu, Zoroastrian,(…)

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Zite Ezeh: The Duty of Friendship

Zite Ezeh: The Duty of Friendship

Friendship, as both a social and political concept, plays a vital role in the theories of philosophers like Aristotle and Plato. In his book, Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle spends two chapters examining the different ways in which friendship can manifest between two people. He defines friendship as mutually understood “reciprocated goodwill,” stating that for two people(…)

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