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Friendship/Aristoteles/Höffe: [Aristotle] understands by it (...) all forms of sociability, provided they originate from a "decision to live together". This requires the ability to enter into real relationships without losing one's independence. Because it is a matter of non-institutional relationships, friendship is dealt with above all in Nicomachean Ethics, where it receives by far the most extensive discussion in two books, VIII and IX.
In the most important friendship, that among equals, Aristotle makes a distinction of three kinds, which has been important for centuries and is still relevant today: Friendship depends either on the common benefit or on the common joy, or else, according to the perfect form of "character friendship", on the truly good and at the same time on the friend himself.


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Höffe I
Otfried Höffe
Geschichte des politischen Denkens München 2016


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