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Throughout the history of Western political philosophy, the idea of friendship has occupied a central place in the conversation. It is only in the context of the modern era that friendship has lost its prominence. By retrieving the concept of friendship for philosophical investigation, these essays invite readers to consider how our political principles become manifest in our private lives. They provide a timely corrective to contemporary confusion plaguing this central experience of our public and our private life. This volume assembles essays by well-known scholars who address contemporary concerns about community in the context of philosophical ideas about friendship. Part One includes essays on ancient philosophers including Plato, Aristotle, and Cicero. Part Two considers treatments of friendship by Christian thinkers such as Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, and Calvin, and Part Three continues with Thomas Hobbes, Montaigne, the American founders, and de Tocqueville. The volume concludes with two essays that address the postmodern emphasis on fragmentation and the dynamics of power within the modern state.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. vii
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  1. Introduction: The Persistence of Friendship in Political Life
  2. pp. 1-17
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  1. Part I. Ancient Perspectives
  2. p. 19
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  1. 1. Platonic Philia and Political Order
  2. pp. 21-52
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  1. 2. Taking Friendship Seriously: Aristotle on the Place(s) of Philia in Human Life
  2. pp. 53-83
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  1. 3. Cicero’s Distinctive Voice on Friendship: De Amicitia and De Re Publica
  2. pp. 84-111
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  1. Part II. Christian Perspectives
  2. p. 113
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  1. 4. The Luminous Path of Friendship: Augustine’s Account of Friendship and Political Order
  2. pp. 115-138
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  1. 5. A Companionship of Caritas: Friendship in St. Thomas Aquinas
  2. pp. 139-162
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  1. 6. Friendship in the Civic Order: A Reformation Absence
  2. pp. 163-193
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  1. Part III. Modern Perspectives
  2. p. 195
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  1. 7. Plato and Montaigne: Ancient and Modern Ideas of Friendship
  2. pp. 197-213
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  1. 8. Hobbes on Getting By with Little Help from Friends
  2. pp. 214-247
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  1. 9. Social Friendship in the Founding Era
  2. pp. 248-267
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  1. 10. It Is Not Good for Man to Be Alone: Tocqueville on Friendship
  2. pp. 268-284
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  1. Part IV. Contemporary Perspectives
  2. p. 285
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  1. 11. Zarathustra and His Asinine Friends: Nietzsche and Taste as the Groundless Ground of Friendship
  2. pp. 287-314
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  1. 12. Friendship, Trust, and Political Order: A Critical Overview
  2. pp. 315-347
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 349-351
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 353-358
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780268095505
Print ISBN
9780268043704
MARC Record
OCLC
648592594
Pages
368
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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