Friendship & Peacebuilding

Friendship’s Role in Developing Morality

Friendship’s Role in Developing Morality

Ella Donnelly-Wright RELG 274 Response Paper #3 Michael Mitias’s Friendship: A Central Moral Value outlines his major outlooks on friendship as a “paradigm,” which he defines as, “A general way, or pattern, of behaving…of thinking, feeling, and acting in a domain of human experience, such as art, religion, politics, business, society, morality, education, or science”(…)

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Friendship As a Moral Paradigm

Friendship As a Moral Paradigm

  In Michael Mitias’s book, “Friendship: A Central Moral Value”, evaluates the ways in which paradigm shifts over time introduce new modes or forms of friendship, particular through Hellenic and Hellenistic time periods. Using Mitias’s work alongside works by Paul Wadell (“Friendship and Moral Life”), , and Werner G. Jeanrond (“Theological Truth from the Perspective(…)

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Friendship in Religious Philosophy

Friendship in Religious Philosophy

Ella Donnelly-Wright RELG 274 3/4/19 Friendship in political philosophy is most commonly discussed in the framework of determining whether it is a utility or a virtue. In religious philosophy this is also a common debate, with the addition of analyzing friendship and how it plays into one’s role in the spiritual world. Some religions frame(…)

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Common/Uncommon Ground in Friendship

Common/Uncommon Ground in Friendship

Daniel Weintraub   While it may take over a lifetime to define friendship, there are certain tenets that friendship scholars tend to hold on to. Is friendship about being together? Finding oneself? Finding one another? Well, yes and no, depending on where one draws their sources from. I will argue that Confucian, Hindu, Zoroastrian, Roman,(…)

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The Importance of Virtue

The Importance of Virtue

Friendship is something that transcends people’s labels and conceptions of identity in ways that many relationships are not able to do. This can be attributed, in part, to the similar ways in which friendship has been theorized by philosophers of various cultural backgrounds. Looking at how friendship has been theorized specifically in Confucian, Hindu, Zoroastrian,(…)

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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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Perspectives on Friendship:

Perspectives on Friendship:

Confucian, Hindu, Zoroastrian, Roman, Christian and Muslim Understandings of Friendship “Friendship is love without need, desire without want.” Despite their many differences on the surface, Confucian, Hindu, Zoroastrian, Roman, Christian, and Muslim traditions place a similar importance on friendship, many even considering it a virtue. In many of these traditions, the importance of friendship is(…)

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Daniel Weintraub: The Role of Friendship in Plato and Aristotle

Daniel Weintraub: The Role of Friendship in Plato and Aristotle

    Classical philosophers like Plato and Aristotle have contributed indelibly to political philosophy. To dissect the political values of these great thinkers, one must first look at the context with which they lived. Society in Hellenic Greece was heavily based on friendship. As a matter of fact, no other historical period emphasized friendship quite(…)

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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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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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Ella Donnelly-Wright: The Role of Friendship for Political Philosophers

Ella Donnelly-Wright: The Role of Friendship for Political Philosophers

Plato and Aristotle present unique ideas about the numerous roles that friendship takes on in political philosophy. They present their own contributions to political philosophy by showing the various forms of friendship that emerge out of differing intentions and goals of political figures. While Plato and Aristotle each have differing definitions of friendship, they both(…)

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Alex Scheitinger: Embracing Classical Friendship in an Era of Loneliness

Alex Scheitinger: Embracing Classical Friendship in an Era of Loneliness

The meaning of friendship espoused by Plato and Aristotle warrants a reanalysis in the twenty-first century. It can be said with some confidence that both philosophers would be appalled at the rejection of friendship throughout the modern world under the guises of national security, economic development, and most ironic, individual freedom. Indeed, the principle of(…)

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Zite Ezeh: The Duty of Friendship

Zite Ezeh: The Duty of Friendship

Friendship, as both a social and political concept, plays a vital role in the theories of philosophers like Aristotle and Plato. In his book, Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle spends two chapters examining the different ways in which friendship can manifest between two people. He defines friendship as mutually understood “reciprocated goodwill,” stating that for two people(…)

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Friendship at Dusk

Friendship at Dusk

As I am packing to leave Oberlin for overseas, I was caught by the attached scene at Avon Lake yesterday. It appeared to me with a message on friendship: At dusk, there should be no worries of the dark night because friendship continues! Thank you friends for being ever-illuminating lights in this life. J. M.

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On Friendship as the Essential Teachings of the Qur’an

On Friendship as the Essential Teachings of the Qur’an

On Friendship as the Essential Teachings of the Qur’an The Qur’an is a book of great wealth and knowledge, guiding over a billion of its followers every year towards salvation. Despite this, wars, feuds, torture, and oppression have been claimed to be justified by the text itself.[i] I propose, however, that the very elemental aspects(…)

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Michael Kennedy: The Need for Inter-generational Friendships

Michael Kennedy: The Need for Inter-generational Friendships

When one thinks of their friends and their most lasting friendships, they often think of someone their own age. However, there lies great personal and political possibility in intergenerational friendships. Often, intergenerational relationships or programs are conceived as care-giving models that are meant to help older people socialize and function. Such thinking is problematic in(…)

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