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Aristotle´s Nichomachean Ethics: “Three Types of Friendship” (Based on Utility, Pleasure and Goodness).-

an amazing feature on Aristotle who is, it turns out, still relevant!

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♠Aristotle´s Nichomachean Ethics: “Three Types of Friendship”

(Based on Utility, Pleasure and Goodness):

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In Book VIII of “The Nichomachean Ethics”, Aristotle makes reference to three kinds of friendship.

1) The first is friendship based on utility, where both people derive some benefit from each other.

Aristotle describes a friendship of utility as shallow, “easily dissolved” or for the old. He views them as such because this type of friendship is easily broken and based on something that is brought to the relationship by the other person. Aristotle uses the example of trade and argues that friendships of utility are often between opposite people, in order to maximize this trade

2) The second is friendship based on pleasure, where both people are drawn to the other’s wit, good looks, or other pleasant qualities. Aristotle says that riendship of pleasure is normally built between the young as passions and pleasures are…

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Written by Jude Cowell

February 5, 2016 at 3:46 am

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  1. Thank you very much for sharing this post on your blog… By the way — I also think that Aristotle’s´typology is still in force nowadays… Sending you love and all my best wishes!. Happy weekend. Aquileana 😀

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    Aquileana

    February 5, 2016 at 10:40 pm


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