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Friendship in Hindu Texts

Friendship in Hindu Texts

Introduction Friendship has the potential to be one of the most powerful forces for healing the ills of the world. Throughout this past century, modern society has faced mass “war,” “individualism,” “unilateralism,” and “loneliness”—all of which can be mitigated through friendship that is both sufficiently “conceptualized” and effectively “institutionalized” [i]. One of the most important(…)

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Nehamas and Friendship in Religious Poetry

Nehamas and Friendship in Religious Poetry

Alexander Nehamas’ book, On Friendship, ends with the quote from Montaigne: “I love you because it is you, because it is I,” highlighting what Nehamas finds to be the most powerful aspect of friendship [i]. While friendship, as exemplified by Montaigne’s quote, is very difficult to explain, Nehamas uses On Friendship to describe both many themes of what friendship(…)

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The Harm of Neoliberal Economics and How Friendship Can Resist

The Harm of Neoliberal Economics and How Friendship Can Resist

While friendship may not be taken particularly seriously outside of people’s individual lives—it is often ignored in academia and takes the backseat to romantic relationships in books, cinema, television, etc.—most people consider friendship to be one of the “3 most important factors in life” [i]. However, when looking at the “economics of friendship,” where time(…)

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Revised Friendship Resolution

Revised Friendship Resolution

  This is an amended version of the Oberlin City Council’s original declaration of support for the American National Day of Friendship. Most things that were changed or added have been put in italics.   RESOLUTION RESOLUTION EXPRESSING SUPPORT FOR THE DESIGNATION OF APRIL 8 AS THE AMERICAN NATIONAL DAY OF FRIENDSHIP AND HOW THIS(…)

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Bringing Friendship Back to Religion and Politics

Bringing Friendship Back to Religion and Politics

Friendship: A Central Moral Value by Michael H. Mitias explains how, in Hellenic and Hellenistic times, friendship was “implied in [the] cultural paradigm” as a central way to achieve happiness and the highest good [i]. However, this focus on friendship tapered off through the Medieval Period and up to the present day. The purpose of(…)

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Duty, Knowledge, and Friendship with God in Different Religious Traditions

Duty, Knowledge, and Friendship with God in Different Religious Traditions

While friendship studies may have started with Aristotle when he argued, among other things, that friendship is “the greatest external good” [i], it by no means stopped there. Many religions have picked up where Aristotle left off by agreeing with some aspects of his philosophy, disagreeing with others, reinterpreting ideas, and developing independent definitions. Regardless,(…)

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Aristotle as Starting Point, but not Ending Point, for Scholarship on Friendship

Aristotle as Starting Point, but not Ending Point, for Scholarship on Friendship

As the study of friendship has increased in popularity in recent times, Plato and Aristotle’s treatments of it have resurfaced, as well. While I do feel that Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle are at times over-emphasized when many other people have had similarly brilliant (and sometimes obviously misguided views), as well, their ideas on friendship specifically(…)

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