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Friendship in Early Greek Ethics

Chapter 24 de D.C. Wolfsdorf (ed), Early Greek Ethics (Oxford University Press, 2020)

This chapter examines the accounts of friendship (philia) in the early philosophical literature and argues that there is a coherent narrative of philosophical theorizing of friendship prior to Aristotle, which does not make Presocratics and Socratics mere pre-Aristotelian. The main treatments of friendship (in Empedocles, Democritus, the Sophists, and the Socratics) considered in this chapter can be understood as efforts to provide a convincing explanation of what motivates the relation of philia and isolate the conditions for, and key features of this specific form of relation essential to the good life.

Voir en ligne : Early Greek Ethics (OUP, 2020)