Friendship Studies

Friendship in Hindu Texts

Friendship in Hindu Texts

Introduction Friendship has the potential to be one of the most powerful forces for healing the ills of the world. Throughout this past century, modern society has faced mass “war,” “individualism,” “unilateralism,” and “loneliness”—all of which can be mitigated through friendship that is both sufficiently “conceptualized” and effectively “institutionalized” [i]. One of the most important(…)

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Nehamas’ Brain on Music

Nehamas’ Brain on Music

Mazie Preite Nehamas’ Brain on Music Even though humans have only been present for a small portion of our planet’s history, we have experienced, and been the cause of, a lot changes and developments to our population and the environments surrounding us. Despite the many large differences in how we exist today versus a million(…)

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Nehamas and Friendship in Religious Poetry

Nehamas and Friendship in Religious Poetry

Alexander Nehamas’ book, On Friendship, ends with the quote from Montaigne: “I love you because it is you, because it is I,” highlighting what Nehamas finds to be the most powerful aspect of friendship [i]. While friendship, as exemplified by Montaigne’s quote, is very difficult to explain, Nehamas uses On Friendship to describe both many themes of what friendship(…)

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On Friendship & Art Forms | Response Paper #5 – May 3

On Friendship & Art Forms | Response Paper #5 – May 3

  Professor Mahallati May 3, 2019 On Friendship & Art Forms INTRODUCTION Friendship has existed in a variety of art and literary forms throughout history, so it is important to recognize such examples to study friendship further. In Alexander Nehamas’ book On Friendship, he examines past and present ideologies surrounding friendship, and how they have(…)

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The Tool of Civic Friendship

Mazie Preite April 19th, 2019 Given arguments from May and Schwarzenbach, how civic friendship can be modeled and promoted to balance forces of Neoliberal economy? Before delving into a deeper discussion of philosopher’s thoughts on a neoliberal society, and most specifically a neoliberal economy, it is helpful to look into the topic of neoliberalism itself.(…)

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The Harm of Neoliberal Economics and How Friendship Can Resist

The Harm of Neoliberal Economics and How Friendship Can Resist

While friendship may not be taken particularly seriously outside of people’s individual lives—it is often ignored in academia and takes the backseat to romantic relationships in books, cinema, television, etc.—most people consider friendship to be one of the “3 most important factors in life” [i]. However, when looking at the “economics of friendship,” where time(…)

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Incorporating Friendship as a Virtue is Necessary for the Future of the Planet

Incorporating Friendship as a Virtue is Necessary for the Future of the Planet

In Friendship: A Central Moral Value, Michael Mitias traces friendship across ancient and contemporary cultures through the lens of moral paradigm. In the second half of the book, he discusses the shift that occurred during the Renaissance that lay the groundwork for the moral and cultural paradigm of modern times. Mitias explains the reasons why(…)

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Unwise Replacements of Friendship

Unwise Replacements of Friendship

When doing extensive reading on friendship over the course of many historical periods, it becomes clear that, no matter what the attitude about it is at the time, there will always be advocates for friendship (even if it is more of a minority than we would like). Michael Mitias is one of these advocates; he(…)

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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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Bringing Friendship Back to Religion and Politics

Bringing Friendship Back to Religion and Politics

Friendship: A Central Moral Value by Michael H. Mitias explains how, in Hellenic and Hellenistic times, friendship was “implied in [the] cultural paradigm” as a central way to achieve happiness and the highest good [i]. However, this focus on friendship tapered off through the Medieval Period and up to the present day. The purpose of(…)

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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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Morality Through Friendship

Morality Through Friendship

Gillian Chanko Jafar Mahallati Friendship: Perspectives from Religion, Politics, Economics & Art 15 March, 2019 Morality Through Friendship Although many people will argue that everyone needs quality and meaningful friendships in their life, there are differing perspectives regarding the morality of human beings. Because the majority of human beings have both friends and a moral(…)

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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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Finding commonalities between six different traditions

Finding commonalities between six different traditions

In any collection of six philosophies on friendship — or any subject, for that matter — there are sure to be varying ideas. There is even dissent within each perspective. Take Confucianism, for example: The three major texts (Mengzi, Xunzi, and Kongzi) disagree on the fundamental characteristics of human nature. However, ancient cultures often borrowed(…)

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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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