Posted by: Angela | April 10, 2014

Friendship Ethics


Friendship Ethics

Aristotle is one of the greatest early thinkers who set forth to a great many ethics to follow after.

His philosophy on friendship is one that always intrigues me, rather convinces me the best.

His theory begins with the premise that there are three main reasons why one person might like someone else. One might like someone because he is good, or because he is useful, or because he is pleasant. And so there are three bases for friendships, depending on which of these qualities binds friends together.

When two individuals recognize that the other person is someone of good character, and they spend time with each other, engaged in activities that exercise their virtues, then they form one kind of friendship. If they are equally virtuous, their friendship is perfect. – This is friendship based on virtue. This is a true and lasting friendship, necessary for self-knowledge…

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  1. just felt like re-reading.. and sigh….

  2. Good one.

    • Thank you!!

  3. Aristotle’s a favorite and this is a wonderful post 🙂

    • Oh thank you so much Madeleine!

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