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Neither Beasts nor Gods

Neither Beasts nor Gods

What are the main arguments of Michael Mitias proposing that friendship must come back to social life as a moral paradigm and given impediments he enumerates, how modern theologians-philosophers such as Wadell, Schall, Jeanrond and Deleuze can help the realization of Mitias’ proposal?   “[Whoever] is delighted in solitude is either a beast or a(…)

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Mitias on the Modern Moral Paradigm Crisis

Mitias on the Modern Moral Paradigm Crisis

Throughout the modern time friendship was considered either sub- or super- ethics. Either way friendship became not a central issue of philosophers. While in the Hellenic and Hellenistic periods one could argue friendship was a central moral paradigm, there was a change in medieval times decentralizing it to the periphery where it remains today. One(…)

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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 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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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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Connecting Culture’s Considerations of Friendship

Connecting Culture’s Considerations of Friendship

There can be found similarities in considerations that Confucian, Hindu, Zoroastrian, Roman, Christian and Muslim cultures address when they discuss the role of friendship. I will discuss how each of the cultures ties in the considerations of love, trust, order, justice and virtue into their analysis of friendship. While each culture may have different outcomes from this analysis(…)

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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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The Role of Friendship In Political Philosophy

The Role of Friendship In Political Philosophy

The Role of Friendship In Political Philosophy   Both Plato and Aristotle spend a good amount of time defining friendship and offering their musings on the subject, agreeing that friendship is pivotal to a happy life. Aristotle wrote that “friendship is most necessary with a view to living…for without friends no one would choose to(…)

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International Friendship

International Friendship

Before talking about friendship on an international level, peace—both positive and negative—first needs to be addressed. As we’ve talked about in class several times, peace is general defined by lack of war not be existence of friendly relations. Oelsner calls this positive and negative peace. Negative peace is defined by the absence of war (the(…)

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Friendship in Music

Friendship in Music

Since music classes in elementary school, music has enhanced my life and my friendships. It began in choir where there was no instrument required, only a passion for singing Christmas songs to please our parents. In middle school I moved on to playing the trombone and that’s where I began to fall in love with(…)

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Better Together

Better Together

The Loing Canal at Moret Alfred Sisley In looking around the galleries at the Allen, I was drawn to this Sisley piece because it made me smile. After a few minutes, I realized that it was, in part, because I could easily imagine myself at that very canal. Though I haven’t been to Loing Canal,(…)

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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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Benefits of a Daoist Approach to Friendship in Death and Grieving

Benefits of a Daoist Approach to Friendship in Death and Grieving

Mary Brody Professor Mahallati Final Paper May 19th, 2018 One of the hardest facts of friendship to fully realize is the inevitable permanent loss of a friend through death. Losses are named as such because we feel as though an essential part of us is being stripped away indefinitely and will only be looked back(…)

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Many, Together: Pluralism in the Qur’anic Verse

Many, Together: Pluralism in the Qur’anic Verse

In the 2016 US Presidential election, there was a considerable amount of negative rhetoric about Muslims from the Republican ticket. It was the continuation of building discrimination and fear that began in earnest after the events of September 11, 2001, and has impacted the lives of millions of American Muslims in the almost two decades(…)

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