Friendship

Friendship

Book - 2013
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What is the nature of friendship, and what is its significance in our lives? How has friendship changed since the ancient Greeks began to analyze it, and how has modern technology altered its very definition? In this fascinating exploration of friendship through the ages, the author, a philosopher, tracks historical ideas of friendship, gathers a diversity of friendship stories from the annals of myth and literature, and provides unexpected insights into our friends, ourselves, and the role of friendships in an ethical life. Here the author roves the rich traditions of friendship in literature, culture, art and philosophy, bringing into his discussion familiar pairs as well as unfamiliar, including Achilles and Patroclus, David and Jonathan, Coleridge and Wordsworth, Huck Finn and Jim. He lays out major philosophical interpretations of friendship, then offers his own take, drawing on personal experiences and an acute awareness of vast cultural shifts that have occurred. He addresses Internet-based friendship, contemporary mixed gender friendships, how friendships may supersede family relationships, one's duty within friendship, the idea of friendship to humanity, and other topics of universal interest.--Publisher information.
Publisher: New Haven :, Yale University Press,, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780300175356
0300175353
9780300205367
0300205368
Characteristics: xii, 229 pages ; 23 cm

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