9780791457177

Friendship : Liberty, Equality, and Utility

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  • ISBN13:

    9780791457177

  • ISBN10:

    0791457176

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2003-04-01
  • Publisher: State Univ of New York Pr
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Summary

In Friendship, James O. Grunebaum introduces a new conceptual framework to articulate, explain, and understand similarities and differences between various conceptions of friendship. Asking whether special preference for friends is morally justified, Grunebaum answers that question by analyzing a comprehensive comparison of not only Aristotle's three well-known kinds of friendship -- pleasure, utility, and virtue -- but also a variety of lesser-known friendship conceptions from Kant, C. S. Lewis, and Montaigne. The book clarifies differences about how friends ought to behave toward each other and how these differences are, in part, what separate the various conceptions of friendship.

Author Biography

James O. Grunebaum is Professor of Philosophy at Buffalo State College, State University of New York.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Preference for Friends
1(30)
The Structure of Friendship
31(44)
Internal Justifications
75(32)
External Justifications
107(50)
Conclusions: Friendships and Preferences
157(12)
Notes 169(16)
Selected Bibliography 185(6)
Index 191

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