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The validity of varying interpretations of friendship:  An Oberlin Perspective

The validity of varying interpretations of friendship: An Oberlin Perspective

For my final research paper, I decided to interview people in the Oberlin community on their different beliefs surrounding the idea of friendship. I decided on this research format for a few key reasons. First, a lot of my work outside the classroom at Oberlin has involved interviewing. For the past two years, I’ve been(…)

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Friendships Powerful Tool: Music Education

Mazie Preite Throughout the past few centuries, many philosophies about what human societies should value most and strive to achieve have come and gone. These philosophies have differed greatly but, ultimately, they all played an important role of leading us to where we are today. Although there have been a lot of improvements to our(…)

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Friendship is Magic! [Final Paper]

Friendship is Magic! [Final Paper]

Michel De Montaigne famously wrote “[Whoever] is delighted in solitude is either a beast or a god.”1 Friendship and connection are essential to the human experience, and throughout human history different minds have seen friendship in different ways. In this paper I’ll be analyzing friendship through a different lens than what we have previously looked,(…)

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The Art of Friendship in the Context of Political Ecology

The Art of Friendship in the Context of Political Ecology

As we have learned in the class the expansion of friendship to encompass all areas of life is essential to understanding to ridding ourselves of the ills we have created the disconnection and the ultimate ills in our society. Through this course we have learned that through neoliberalism and other systemic forces we have lost(…)

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Friendship in the Workplace: My Experience Working at the Cat in the Cream (FINAL PAPER)

Friendship in the Workplace: My Experience Working at the Cat in the Cream (FINAL PAPER)

From the Fall Semester of 2017 until Spring Semester of 2019 I worked at the Cat in the Cream Coffeehouse at Oberlin College. I had previously been to many shows at the Cat and enjoyed them all immensely, not only for the artists that performed but for the warm and welcoming environment that was created(…)

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Daniel Weintraub Friendship: It’s What You Make of it

Daniel Weintraub Friendship: It’s What You Make of it

Dictionary.com defines Nepotism as “The practice among those with power or influence of favoring relatives or friends, especially by giving them jobs”. They say that in politics, it’s who you know. and throughout history, those “who know” have given inumerable profits to connected figures. This is true whether they be business-people, politicians, diplomats, family, friends,(…)

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RP 6: A Friendship Story

RP 6: A Friendship Story

For my final response paper, I thought I’d tell a friendship story relating to the arts. Back in elementary school, I was mortal enemies with this boy in my grade named Nate. I can’t remember the reason why, and there may not even be a reason. We just despised each other as much as a(…)

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RP6 – poem

RP6 – poem

            For my sixth response paper, I wrote a poem about the people I love (both friends and family) and performed it at a friendship poetry picnic that happened this past Sunday (May 5th) in Tappan Square. The picnic was organized by OSLAM, Oberlin’s slam poetry team, of which I am a part, and it(…)

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The complicated case of friendship in online gaming communities

The complicated case of friendship in online gaming communities

What defines good friendship? Is good friendship the only type of genuine friendship? These are the questions that Alexander Nehamas sets out to answer in his work, On Friendship. He outlines several main points on modern friendship and states disagreements with historical philosophers such as Aristotle, specifically the claim the virtuous friendship is the best(…)

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The Role of Music in Friendship:

Self-Other Merging, Group Bonding and Personal Pleasure INTRODUCTION Music has, since its conception, served as a powerful tool for expression, communication, creation, and social bonding. Whether it is expressed through the beautiful performance of an ensemble, the careful craft of composition, or through mediums like radio, music has the profound ability to affect people on(…)

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RP6: Guide to Friendship Activities in Oberlin, OH

Guide to Friendship at Oberlin In a place new to so many people, it is important to have a resource of ways to bond with others. Oberlin constituted a National Day of Friendship, April 8, so this guide only seems fitting for a town with such vibrancy and diversity. This list of recommendations follows different(…)

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A Conference on Friendship Studies in Rosemont College

A Conference on Friendship Studies in Rosemont College

On April 26, 2019, I was invited to a conference on Friendship Studies in Rosemont College in Philadelphia. The organizer, professor Jennifer Jackson put together a number of panels to explore the status of Friendship Studies in contemporary academia. Importantly she introduced Oberlin as the only American institution of higher education in America where an interdisciplinary(…)

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A Wonderful Indonesian Friendship

A Wonderful Indonesian Friendship

This year Dr. Arismawan was the Shansi fellow who came from Ache Indonesia and stayed at Oberlin for the spring semester. He was engaged with the friendship Circle early on, participated in many sessions with deep cultural contribution, performed at our annual Friendship Festival and represented the best part of Indonesian culture. Aris is a(…)

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Nehamas: Friendship in the Arts

Nehamas: Friendship in the Arts

Through a lens of friendship, Nehamas has browsed many genres of art and literature to see where friendship concepts have thrived most. By summarizing his main arguments, can you identify one specific field in art or literature or even institutions where you can identify the presence of friendship insights or practices? Imagine if you wanted(…)

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Nehamas’s On Friendship

Nehamas’s On Friendship

Alexander Nehamas’s On Friendship is a compelling modern analysis of Aristotelian concepts of friendship and applies such analyses to current artistic works of multiple disciplines including film and theater. He also uses the ideas of Michel de Montaigne asserting the presence of the phenomenon of friendship as a human necessity. Through applying traditional philosophical concepts(…)

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Art and Friendship

Art and Friendship

Rachel Wolchok Professor Mahallati RELG 274 May 1, 2019   Friendship and Art   In his book On Friendship, Alexander Nehamas examines the nuances and common patterns of friendships through comparison to art. Nehamas uses other philosophers in his definition of friendship, looking specifically to Pahl and Aristotle. The basis of friendship for Nehamas is(…)

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