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The validity of varying interpretations of friendship:  An Oberlin Perspective

The validity of varying interpretations of friendship: An Oberlin Perspective

For my final research paper, I decided to interview people in the Oberlin community on their different beliefs surrounding the idea of friendship. I decided on this research format for a few key reasons. First, a lot of my work outside the classroom at Oberlin has involved interviewing. For the past two years, I’ve been(…)

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The complicated case of friendship in online gaming communities

The complicated case of friendship in online gaming communities

What defines good friendship? Is good friendship the only type of genuine friendship? These are the questions that Alexander Nehamas sets out to answer in his work, On Friendship. He outlines several main points on modern friendship and states disagreements with historical philosophers such as Aristotle, specifically the claim the virtuous friendship is the best(…)

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Decolonial and Anti-Neoliberal Friendship

Decolonial and Anti-Neoliberal Friendship

Santiago Roman Friendship and Peacemaking Professor Jafar Mahallati April 20th, 2019 De-colonial and Anti-Neoliberal Friendship In a rapidly shifting world where politics, technology, humanity, and society are in flux and changing faster than ever before, a void, an ideological ozone hole, has been created by the lapse of a brittle, outdated, and now regressive entity(…)

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Santiago Roman’s Friendship Resolution Addendum

Santiago Roman Friendship and Peacemaking Professor Mahallati April 4th 2019 Friendship Resolution Addendum I hereby propose that the following addendum should be added to the city of Oberlin, Ohio’s Friendship Resolution:   WHEREAS in times of significant struggle, hardship, and proliferation of hate we will look toward true and veritable friendship, and all that it(…)

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Dystopian Friendship

Dystopian Friendship

Santiago Roman Friendship and Peacemaking Professor Mahallati 5 April 2019 On Dystopian Friendship Michael H. Mitias, an Emeritus Professor in the philosophy department of Millsaps College writes extensively on the rise and fall of friendship in various cultures in his book Friendship A Central Moral Value. He states his purpose to be a “critical, systematic,(…)

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Blind Faith, Radical Forgiveness, and Duty in Friendship

Blind Faith, Radical Forgiveness, and Duty in Friendship

Santiago Roman Friendship and Peacemaking Professor Mahallati April 2, 2019 Blind Faith, Radical Forgiveness, and Duty in Friendship The phenomenon, ethics, and practice of friendship continues to be a highly debated and heavily discussed within religious thought and philosophy. Many of these inter- and intra-religious conversations grew from original discussions of Aristotle and Plato while(…)

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Santiago Roman: Freedom Friendship and Cold Justice

Santiago Roman: Freedom Friendship and Cold Justice

Santiago Roman Professor Jafar Mahallati Friendship and Peacemaking February 18, 2019 Freedom, Friendship, and Cold Justice The deep running and rapid changes in the last century, instigated by a wave of technological evolutions, has radically impacted today’s western dynamics of friendship and, more recently, politics in ways that give the arguments of the classic greek(…)

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