Aristotelian Friendship Essay

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Aristotelian Friendship Imperfect friendships between men are considered to be inferior. The reasoning is because these relationships are not built on a set of moral values. Rather, these types are built and motivated by either utility or pleasure. In the imperfect friendship based on pleasure, a man who seeks this from another does so for the sake of what he believes is good for himself – what benefits himself – rather than what is good for the other. In the imperfect friendship based on utility, these typically occur between young, amorous men who tend to pursue after what is expedient as well as old men of whom desire to pursue what is beneficial to them. These factors are only temporarily and cause the friendship to last only as long as these motivations do. Therefore, one can conclude that these types of friendships are not based on virtue and allow “even bad men to be friends with eachother.”10 Works Cited Aristotle. The Nicomachean Ethics. Boston: D. Riedel Publishing Company. 140. Ln 1115a4. Aristotle. The Nicomachean Ethics. Boston: D. Riedel Publishing Company. 140. Ln 1115a17. Aristotle. The Nicomachean Ethics. Boston: D. Riedel Publishing Company. 140. Ln 1115a26-1115a27. LN. 3. First summary: The most general common feature of all friendships. P1. Aristotle. The Nicomachean Ethics. Boston: D. Riedel Publishing Company. 140. Ln 1115a26-1115a27. Aristotle. The Nicomachean Ethics. Boston: D. Riedel Publishing Company. 140. Ln 1115a38-1115a39. Aristotle. The Nicomachean Ethics. Boston: D. Riedel Publishing Company. 140. Ln 1115a35. LN. 3. The Three Types of Symmetrical Friendships. P1 Aristotle. The Nicomachean Ethics. Boston: D. Riedel Publishing Company. 143. Ln 1116b9. 10.Aristotle. The Nicomachean Ethics. Boston: D. Riedel

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