The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas

Jefferson Book Club Meeting: Aristotle on Friendship

Wed, February 27, 2013 | WAG 403B

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

In his magisterial work on moral philosophy, the Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle devotes more space to friendship (philia) than to any other topic, suggesting the centrality of friendship to a well-lived life. Our selections from Books 8 and 9 of the Ethics explore the question of the roots of friendship or love in the human soul, the kinds of friendships, friendships between equals and unequals, the connection between the desire for affection and the desire for honor, what we owe to friends, and the relation of the love of others to self-love.

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