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Friendship: Ancient and Modern

Friendship is central to a meaningful life and a flourishing civil society, and yet acquiring, keeping, and nourishing friendship is difficult. This course will examine the concept of friendship through the disciplines of ancient and modern philosophy, medieval religious thought, and modern social psychology. We will ask questions including: Why do certain friendships endure while others dissipate? What does it mean to choose friendship wisely? What constitutes a good friendship? How do we let go of certain friendships? How does civil society depend upon friendship?



Selected Readings:

  • Plato’s Symposium
  • Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics 
  • Thomas Aquinas’s Summa theologiae 

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