Friendship Studies

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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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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Duty, Knowledge, and Friendship with God in Different Religious Traditions

Duty, Knowledge, and Friendship with God in Different Religious Traditions

While friendship studies may have started with Aristotle when he argued, among other things, that friendship is “the greatest external good” [i], it by no means stopped there. Many religions have picked up where Aristotle left off by agreeing with some aspects of his philosophy, disagreeing with others, reinterpreting ideas, and developing independent definitions. Regardless,(…)

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One Plus One is Greater Than Two

One Plus One is Greater Than Two

Given Perspectives on friendship in Confucian, Hindu, Zoroastrian, Roman, Christian and Muslim cultures, please identify some common grounds shared between them.   A central question among ancient Greek scholars regarding friendship was whether it was a means to an end, or a goal in and of itself. Religious writings on friendship run into the same(…)

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Finding Unity in Friendship

Finding Unity in Friendship

Mazie Preite Response 2 March 1st, 2019 Finding Unity in Friendship The readings and discussions that have been occuring in class the past two weeks have been very interesting because of the large amount of variety we are accessing. Not only have we been reading about a variety of cultures but the even greater variety(…)

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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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Giselle Glaspie: Friendship According to Plato and Aristotle

Giselle Glaspie: Friendship According to Plato and Aristotle

If I understand the assignment correctly, this response paper is an opportunity for me to share my reactions to the class readings and discussions. I must admit, therefore, that the prompt for this paper is somewhat confusing to me. Can I consider the assigned readings on Plato and Aristotle to be their political philosophies? Are(…)

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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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The Ancient Philosophers on Friendship in Politics

The Ancient Philosophers on Friendship in Politics

As Aristotle claims in his book 8 there are three kinds of political systems each distinctly based on either: kingship, aristocracy and property. In Aristotle’s mind the best of these systems was kingship and the worst property. Kingship was described as best when the king has a father-son relationship with his subjects. Aristocracy ruling relationships(…)

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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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Looking Forward; Aristotle to Today

Looking Forward; Aristotle to Today

Mazie Preite Response Paper 1 February 18, 2019 Throughout the readings on Plato and Aristotle’s ideas about friendship, it becomes clear that the two classical philosophers had a great deal of differences in their thoughts on the topic. This is bound to happen when two people are trying to break such an abstract concept into(…)

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Aristotle as Starting Point, but not Ending Point, for Scholarship on Friendship

Aristotle as Starting Point, but not Ending Point, for Scholarship on Friendship

As the study of friendship has increased in popularity in recent times, Plato and Aristotle’s treatments of it have resurfaced, as well. While I do feel that Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle are at times over-emphasized when many other people have had similarly brilliant (and sometimes obviously misguided views), as well, their ideas on friendship specifically(…)

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Alex Blosser – Friendship in Hellenic Philosophy

Alex Blosser – Friendship in Hellenic Philosophy

What, in your view, is the role of friendship in the political philosophy of the major classical philosophers like Plato and Aristotle? Friendship was seen as something of the utmost importance in Hellenic times, as both a virtue and a necessity for the wellbeing of society. However, throughout the major works of these philosophers (the(…)

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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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Olivia Tsang:Hikikomori: Silent Suffering

Olivia Tsang:Hikikomori: Silent Suffering

RELG 274 5/20/18 Social isolation is a growing epidemic with 40% of American adults saying they are lonely, double from 1980.[1]Linked with increased mortality, the lack of strong social ties, or lack of relationship with anyone for that matter, social isolation is a phenomenon seen around the world. Hikikomori is a culture bound syndrome of(…)

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