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The Art of Friendship in the Context of Political Ecology

The Art of Friendship in the Context of Political Ecology

As we have learned in the class the expansion of friendship to encompass all areas of life is essential to understanding to ridding ourselves of the ills we have created the disconnection and the ultimate ills in our society. Through this course we have learned that through neoliberalism and other systemic forces we have lost(…)

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Nehamas on Art and Friendship

Nehamas on Art and Friendship

Nehamas argues that there has been a misconception that there is a separation between art and the world. In this way he asserts that the disconnect has extended through to friendship and the arts. He writes of the ways in which art and literature have engaged with concepts of friendship best. It is depicting friendship(…)

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Friendship: a remedy for neoliberalism

Friendship: a remedy for neoliberalism

Many see the world as a more divisive and hostile place than ever before. Two philosophers, May and Schwarzenbach, as well as many others point to the rise of neoliberalism as the cause of our current state. To remedy neoliberal ideals, they offer the simple, yet profound solution of friendship. Below I outline both how(…)

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Mitias on the Modern Moral Paradigm Crisis

Mitias on the Modern Moral Paradigm Crisis

Throughout the modern time friendship was considered either sub- or super- ethics. Either way friendship became not a central issue of philosophers. While in the Hellenic and Hellenistic periods one could argue friendship was a central moral paradigm, there was a change in medieval times decentralizing it to the periphery where it remains today. One(…)

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Connecting Culture’s Considerations of Friendship

Connecting Culture’s Considerations of Friendship

There can be found similarities in considerations that Confucian, Hindu, Zoroastrian, Roman, Christian and Muslim cultures address when they discuss the role of friendship. I will discuss how each of the cultures ties in the considerations of love, trust, order, justice and virtue into their analysis of friendship. While each culture may have different outcomes from this analysis(…)

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The Ancient Philosophers on Friendship in Politics

The Ancient Philosophers on Friendship in Politics

As Aristotle claims in his book 8 there are three kinds of political systems each distinctly based on either: kingship, aristocracy and property. In Aristotle’s mind the best of these systems was kingship and the worst property. Kingship was described as best when the king has a father-son relationship with his subjects. Aristocracy ruling relationships(…)

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