Friendship in Politics: Theorizing Amity in and between by Preston King,Graham M. Smith

By Preston King,Graham M. Smith

Previously released as a distinct factor of the Critical evaluation of Social and Political Philosophy, this quantity throws gentle at the position of friendship in politics via connecting theoretical inquiries to empirical answers.

Today, friendship and politics are most ordinarily considered as designated and together adverse issues. Politics has a tendency to be obvious as common and impersonal, to do with strength and hierarchy. Friendship, in contrast, is conceived as specific and intimate, in terms of equality and fraternity.

Ancient Greek and Roman notion tended to deliver the 2 jointly, finding friendship because the ethical starting place of the political. yet is that this view sound? Ought now not Friendship to be brushed off via moderns as primitive, inefficient, nepotistic (Freud)? Or ought it to be promoted as a necessary ethical constraint on energy and the eating egotism of rulers (Plutarch and others)?

The participants search to respond to those questions, at once and in some way, by way of supplying:

  • analyses of the concept

  • critical reconstructions of a few the most important sleek bills (Kierkegaard, Arendt and Schmitt)

  • concrete debts of the particular play of friendship either inside and among states.

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