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RP6: Guide to Friendship Activities in Oberlin, OH

Guide to Friendship at Oberlin In a place new to so many people, it is important to have a resource of ways to bond with others. Oberlin constituted a National Day of Friendship, April 8, so this guide only seems fitting for a town with such vibrancy and diversity. This list of recommendations follows different(…)

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Art and Friendship

Art and Friendship

Rachel Wolchok Professor Mahallati RELG 274 May 1, 2019   Friendship and Art   In his book On Friendship, Alexander Nehamas examines the nuances and common patterns of friendships through comparison to art. Nehamas uses other philosophers in his definition of friendship, looking specifically to Pahl and Aristotle. The basis of friendship for Nehamas is(…)

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Achieving civic friendship in a neoliberal world

Achieving civic friendship in a neoliberal world

Rachel Wolchok Professor Mahallati RELG 274 April 19, 2019   Civic Friendship   Civic friendship is the key to Aristotelian and Platonic societies. These ideal political spheres should encompass “freedom and friendship allied with good judgment”1 according to Plato. Aristotle views friendship as a cohering agent to promote concord and justice within a political state.(…)

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Rachel’s Friendship Resolution

  Rachel Wolchok Friendship Resolution   A RESOLUTION EXPRESSING SUPPORT FOR THE DESIGNATION OF APRIL 8, 2019, AS THE AMERICAN NATIONAL DAY OF FRIENDSHIP   WHEREAS, friendship is a virtue fundamental to religious, philosophical, ethical, and cultural traditions of the world; and   WHEREAS, friendship bridges the alienation of different ethnic, gender, political, and religious(…)

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Justice and Freedom: Can they exist alongside friendship?

Justice and Freedom: Can they exist alongside friendship?

Rachel Wolchok Professor Mahallati RELG 274 March 16, 2019   Moral Paradigm Shifts for a more Friendship-centered World   In his book Friendship: A Central Moral Value, Michael Mitias explores the ideals crucial to societies in the Medieval, Renaissance, and Modern times in the context of friendship. This analysis illustrates the gradual shift away from(…)

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Divine Friendship

Divine Friendship

  Rachel Wolchok Professor Mahallati RELG 274 March 1, 2019 Response Paper 2: Divine Friendship In reading religious texts and authors, I was surprised by the amount of discussion on friendship as a way to further one’s virtuous self and achieve moral integrity. While this is sensible, as religion is the constant striving to be(…)

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Friendship in Politics

Rachel Wolchok Professor Mahallati RELG 274 February 18, 2019 Friendship in Politics While political theorists in 2019 might face difficulty relating friendship to politics in our current climate, Plato and Aristotle of ancient Greece find an almost symbiotic relationship between governance and friendship. In their analyses of friendship, both thinkers reach similar conclusions; they realize(…)

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