In this intensive online seminar, Greg will lead participants in study of Aristotle’s discussions of different types of friendships. We will work through a number of topics that are discussed in Aristotle’s classic work of moral theory, the Nicomachean Ethics (get a copy here), books 8-9. Some reference will also be made to pertinent sections of other texts, such as the Rhetoric, Eudemian Ethics, and Politics.
- the nature and characteristics of friendship
- the three main types of goods that friendships are based upon
- friendships based on virtue or the good
- friendships based on pleasure
- friendships based on usefulness
- “unequal” friendships
- familial relationships
- what friends owe to and provide to each other
- when friendship ought to end and why friendships break down
- whether a person should love him or herself
We will take scheduled pauses for question and answer during the presentation, and have a longer question and answer period towards the end. Participants will receive downloadable handouts and worksheets on the topics, and will be able to access a recording of the seminar afterwards.
Enrollment in the seminar is restricted to 12 participants, and costs US$49.00. To register, or to get on our list for future seminars, click here.