Aristotle- Nichomachean Ethics (Parts of Book VIII & IX).docx

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Philosophy
Course
PHIL 1101
Professor
Serena Parekh
Semester
Spring

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12  March 2014 Aristotle­ Nichomachean Ethics (Parts of Book VIII & IX) Connection between friendship and happiness • We are social animals and need others • So, happiness is unlikely if not impossible without friends • Less obvious: we can not have true friends if we do not have character virtue What makes someone a friend? • Friendship is based on some sort of affection and/or attraction between people • 3 kinds of things worthy of affection and so 3 kinds of friends 1. Usefulness 2. Pleasure 3. Virtue Friendship of Utility • Based on mutual benefit • We are friends to those people because of what they bring • Our affection is not necessarily directed at the person as the goods they bring • Come and go as utility waxes and wanes • Ex: People you associate with because they are popular Friendship of Pleasure • Based on mutual good feeling • We are friends with these people because of the pleasure we feel around them • Our affec
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