This book offers a comprehensive account of the major philosophical works on friendship and its relationship to self-love. The book gives central place to Aristotle's searching examination of friendship in the Nicomachean Ethics. Lorraine Pangle argues that the difficulties surrounding this discussion are soon dispelled once one understands the purpose of the Ethics as both a source of practical guidance for life and a profound, theoretical investigation into human nature. The book also provides fresh interpretations of works on friendship by Plato, Cicero, Epicurus, Seneca, Montaigne and Bacon. The author shows how each of these thinkers sheds light on central questions of moral philosophy: is human sociability rooted in neediness or strength? is the best life chiefly solitary, or dedicated to a community with others? Clearly structured and engagingly written, this book will appeal to a broad swathe of readers across philosophy, classics and political science.
• Book for Aristotle scholars (very solid market for us) • Also includes discussion of a wide range of classical and Renaissance thinkers
Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. The challenge of Plato's Lysis; 2. The three kinds of friendship; 3. Aristotle and Montaigne on friendship as the greatest good; 4. Friendships in politics and the family; 5. Cicero's Laelius: political friendship at its best; 6. Quarrels, conflicting claims and dissolutions; 7. Friends as other selves; 8. Goodwill, concord, and the love of benefactors; 9. Self-love and noble sacrifice; 10. Friendship in the happy life; Notes; Bibliography of modern works and editions; Index of names.
'… beautifully written, lucid in its arguments, responsible in its scholarship … makes an original and substantial contribution to the interpretation of Aristotle's analysis of friendship …' David Konstan, Brown University
'Smith Pangle's scholarly and imaginatively sympathetic book is an excellent study of some of the major philosophical works on friendship, particularly Aristotle's.' Ethical Theory and Moral Practice