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Thinking about Friendship

Historical and Contemporary Philosophical Perspectives

  • Damian Caluori

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Damian Caluori
      Pages 1-7
  3. The Nature of Friendship

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Spyros Benetatos
      Pages 11-29
    3. Laurence Thomas
      Pages 30-44
  4. The Unity of Friendship

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-45
    2. Damian Caluori
      Pages 47-64
    3. Ullrich Langer
      Pages 65-82
  5. Friendship and Reason

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Michael Slote
      Pages 85-98
  6. Friendship and Morality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. Oliver Sensen
      Pages 143-160
    3. Alastair Norcross
      Pages 161-179
  7. Friendship in a Good Life

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 199-199
    2. Thomas Hurka
      Pages 201-217
    3. Sheila Lintott
      Pages 240-258

About this book


It's hard to imagine a good life without friends. But why is friendship so valuable? What is friendship at all? What unites friends and distinguishes them from others? Is the preference given to friends rationally and morally justifiable? This collection examines answers given by classic philosophers and offers new answers by contemporary thinkers.


Aristotle Consequentialism morality philosophy Polis

Editors and affiliations

  • Damian Caluori
    • 1
  1. 1.Trinity UniversityUSA

About the editors

Damian Caluori is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Trinity University. His research focuses on Ancient Philosophy, in particular Plato and late ancient Platonism. He has published articles on Plato, Aristotle, Plotinus, Damascius, and the Renaissance skeptic Franciscus Sanchez, whose main work, That Nothing is Known, he co-translated from Latin into German.

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