Friendship in the Nicomachean Ethics and its contemporary perspectives

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This thesis analyzes the concept of Friendship in Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics with its main aspects. Book VIII and Book IX of the Nicomachean Ethics are devoted specifically to the concept of Friendship to explore the moral and political aspects of it. Friendship has been one of the prominent topics for moral philosophers and hence contemporary discussions lead the Nicomachean account of friendship come to the fore. Thus, the main features of friendship in the Nicomachean Ethics as well as contemporary perspectives and discussions on that topic will be analyzed and explored in depth.


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N. Subaşı, “Friendship in the Nicomachean Ethics and its contemporary perspectives,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2011.