Political Philosophy

Contemporary Philosophy and the Return to Friendship

Contemporary Philosophy and the Return to Friendship

In his groundbreaking book Friendship: A Central Moral Value philosopher Michael H. Mitias traces a genealogy of paradigms which has left the value of friendship noticeably absent from modern philosophy, theology, and discourse in general. Paradigms, which Mitias describes as the conceptual frameworks which fundamentally guide the behaviors and attitudes of human beings, evolve over(…)

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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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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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Alex Scheitinger: Characteristics of Friendship in Confucian, Christian, and Islamic Cultures

Alex Scheitinger: Characteristics of Friendship in Confucian, Christian, and Islamic Cultures

Confucian, Christian, and Islamic cultures have approached the notion of friendship with their own distinct concerns and priorities. Differences present themselves when the role and importance of friendship in society is questioned, particularly in friendship’s relationship with other values (charity, love, loyalty, etc.), but there is enough common ground shared between them that these distinctions(…)

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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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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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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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Ashley George: Tides of Change in Islamic Exegeses

Ashley George: Tides of Change in Islamic Exegeses

Like all other religions, Islam has several school of ethics as well as exegeses, theories meant to determine interpretation of the Qur’anic text and how to implement these values into society. Exegeses held by different countries can be seen based on the laws they establish in their Shari’a. The different groups of exegeses we have(…)

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On the many Exegesis of the Qur’an

On the many Exegesis of the Qur’an

On the many Exegesis of the Qur’an Despite being the direct word of God, the Qur’an has continued to be interpreted by human scholars across a wide range of factors. Some believe the text should be understood by the prophet Muhammad’s own action, while yet others herald the tradition set over the last 1300 years.(…)

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The Qur’an on Community, Friendship, and Forgiveness

The Qur’an on Community, Friendship, and Forgiveness

The Qur’an on Community, Friendship, and Forgiveness The Qur’an, despite being a religious text, holds the basis for many laws within Islamic states. In fact, the very nature of law and justice seems deeply intrenched in the moral code put forth by the Qur’an. The 5 pillars of Islam actively engage in this communal setting.(…)

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Let’s Be Less Suspicious of Friendship in Politics – and in Academia

             No one in the modern West is a more eloquent lamenter of unjust bias than Malcolm Gladwell, who in his Revisionist History series digs into the counterintuitive inconsistencies behind conventionally-accepted history and wisdom.  In “The Prime Minister and the Prof,” an episode about “the friendship that changed the course(…)

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Response Paper 1: Friendship in Theory

Response Paper 1: Friendship in Theory

Megan Cox RELG 274 Friendship: Perspectives 15 February 2018   Response Paper 1: “Why do we Need Academic Studies of Friendship in Post-Modernity and how Revisiting Ancient Philosophers on Friendship Can Help these Studies?”   In completing the readings and participating in course discussion, I have become engrossed with the intricacies, relationships, and even inconsistencies(…)

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Hayley Segall- Ayodhya: The Physical Manifestation of Interfaith Relations in India

Hayley Segall- Ayodhya: The Physical Manifestation of Interfaith Relations in India

 Introduction In the academic and political worlds, the Islamic faith and its Muslim followers are often deemed incompatible with the broader global environment. More often than not, outsiders pit Islam against concepts of reason and civility, using it as a scapegoat for socio-political problems and deeply-seated historical trauma. Yet, it seems almost impossible that conflict(…)

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The Clockwork Family – An Examination of Muslim Culture and Modernity

The Clockwork Family – An Examination of Muslim Culture and Modernity

Given the heterogeneity of the Muslim faith and its cultural attachments, it is intrinsically reductionist to pare its friction with modernity down to a single factor. The general unease seen in the Muslim world in reaction to the tide of paradigm-shifting trends emerging around the world — including, but not limited to, the complete autonomy(…)

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Harris Walker: Differences between East and West Asian Muslim Nations

Harris Walker: Differences between East and West Asian Muslim Nations

Differences between East and West Asian Muslim Nations A growing population of Muslims in Southeast Asia is shifting the center of the Islamic World further East. Countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia have developed strong Muslim majorities that are paramount to understanding the political and social cultures of these states. Similarly, West Asian countries with(…)

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Harris Walker-Wahhabism and Shi’ism

Harris Walker-Wahhabism and Shi’ism

While oftentimes the discussion of the current state of the Islamic world is centered around the tensions arising between Muslims and those who identify with other religions, there are divisions between sects within Islam that have contributed to crises in the region. One source of discord within the religion is the divide between the Shi’i(…)

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