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?
- Plato’s Symposium
- Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics
- Thomas Aquinas’s Summa theologiae
Anna Bonta Moreland
Anna Bonta Moreland is an associate professor in the Department of Humanities at Villanova University. She received her B.A. in Philosophy at the University of Maryland, College Park, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Boston College. Anna Bonta Moreland’s areas of research include faith and reason, medieval theology with an emphasis on Thomas Aquinas, the theology of religious pluralism, and comparative theology, especially between Christianity and Islam. She has written Known by Nature: Thomas Aquinas on Natural Knowledge of God (Herder & Herder, 2010), and edited New Voices in Catholic Theology (Herder & Herder, 2012). She is working on her next book project on prophecy in Christianity and Islam. Dr. Moreland just completed her time as the Mary Ann Remick Senior Fellow at the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture during 2016-2017, and is now back at Villanova.
Meet the Instructor
Tikvah aims to make all of our courses available to as many qualified students as possible. In the event that Tikvah needs to add additional sections, this course may be taught by a different faculty member with a similarly high level of expertise.
Rabbi Gabi Weinberg
Director of High School Programs