On Friendship

2016.08.40 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Alexander Nehamas, On Friendship, Basic Books, 2016, 291pp., $26.99 (hbk), ISBN 978046508292. Reviewed by Neera K. Badhwar,
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2016.08.40 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Alexander Nehamas, On Friendship, Basic Books, 2016, 291pp., $26.99 (hbk), ISBN 978046508292. Reviewed by Neera K. Badhwar, University of Oklahoma On Friendship offers riches to both philosophers and the general reader interested in a philosophical understanding of friendship. Instead of numbered propositions or characters called "A" and "B", Nehamas presents his arguments in prose that is both literary and informal, making copious use of examples from art and literature as well as his own life. Nehamas' main points are: Instrumental relationships, such as Aristotle's so-called utility and pleasure philiai, are not friendships in the modern sense. A good friendship is a close friendship, and not, contra Aristotle, a virtuous friendship. Virtue can be irrelevant to friendship or even in conflict with it. Montaigne was right that we cannot give a complete explanation of why we love our friends. Neither some. . .

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