Friendship According to Aristotle and Socrates Analytical Essay by Nicky

A philosophical look at friendship from the perspectives of Socrates and Aristotle.
# 145550 | 1,362 words | 1 source | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Nov 14, 2010 in Philosophy (Ancient Greek)

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This paper explores the concept of friendship and how it relates to community and truth through the works of Socrates and Aristotle. According to the paper, both philosophers seemed to include friendship and a sense of community as essential elements in their philosophies. The friendships of Socrates and Aristotle are described from their writings and the works of others. In particular, the paper shows how Socrates and Aristotle both emphasized the social nature of man and the importance of friendship in their philosophies. Various differences in their views on friendship are noted. However, the paper concludes by stating that both of these men found the idea of friendship to be essential to the formation and continuation of a healthy society and of a healthy individual.

From the Paper:

"Socrates seemed fascinated by the idea of human virtues. These virtues differed immensely from the type of personal virtues that one might normally espouse, and frequently referenced an individual's relationship with his community. Because a community is essentially a large collection of interpersonal relationships, it is somewhat accurate to characterize Socrates' philosophy as a philosophy of friendship. He believed that the pursuit of good was virtuous. He also believed that it was the philosopher's duty to help others search for truth. Therefore, he believed that, in his friendships, he had an affirmative duty to help others peel back the assumptions that they have made about daily life and look for truth. Nowhere is this more evident than in Socrates' relationship with his friend Crito, as described by Plato."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Aristotle. "Nicomachean Ethics." 2005. D.J. Eaton. 23 Feb. 2009 <>.

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