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Will Jacobsen: Building Communities through Friendship

Will Jacobsen: Building Communities through Friendship

Building Communities through Friendship How is friendship beneficial in building a sense of community? What can friendship do to aid in assimilation for immigrants? A seizure of power by nativist, Right-wing politicians has brought immigration back into the forefront of American politics. Similar waves of nationalism and xenophobia have hit across the world as conservatives(…)

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Will Jacobsen: Friendship seen in art; Friendship models in society

Will Jacobsen: Friendship seen in art; Friendship models in society

Lili noir de fumée (Smoky Black Lili) is a painting by Jean Dubuffet, found in the Allen and donated by Enid Bissett. I like it because it is a fun piece, and a different approach to modernist art than those taken by the contemporaries of Dubuffet. It is a painting of his wife, so although(…)

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Democracy and Friendship

Democracy and Friendship

National, domestic politics have dubious consequences for various sectors of the citizenry across today’s nations. The climate in most of these bodies has become increasingly nationalist and populist in rhetoric, and has taken form in social if not legal separation or discrimination, be it on the basis of religion, class, race or other factors. Is(…)

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Bureaucracy vs. Friendship

Bureaucracy vs. Friendship

The response to friendship and the view as to whether or not friendship is of crucial importance to one’s life have differed across periods of time. In the Hellenic and Hellenistic periods of western thinking, friendship was considered a crucial moral paradigm. Aristotle, one of the great philosophers who wrote during the Hellenic period, claimed(…)

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Will Jacobsen: Friendship Across Disciplines

Will Jacobsen: Friendship Across Disciplines

  There are many inconsistencies when looking at the different traditions we examined in class, namely with regards to friendship. There are also inconsistencies amongst the popular theologians, making it difficult to read into friendship within a single tradition altogether. We must read past these inconsistencies to find the commonalities. Michael H. Mitias talks about(…)

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Will Jacobsen: Why a Mutual Utility is Important

Will Jacobsen: Why a Mutual Utility is Important

Friendship is a feature of human life and comes naturally with the sociality of being human. The average person would certainly agree that having friends is an important aspect of everyday life, surely a functional relationship that keeps life worth living. But what exactly constitutes friendship? This has remained a question for thousands of years,(…)

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