Online Seminar – Aristotle on Types of Friendship

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.

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