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Friendship ReconsideredWhat It Means and How It Matters to Politics$
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P. E. Digeser

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231174343

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231174343.001.0001

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Friendship During Dark Times

Friendship During Dark Times

(p.143) Six Friendship During Dark Times
Friendship Reconsidered

P.E. Digeser

Columbia University Press

Maintains that Hannah Arendt saw friendship as a way to preserve pluralism in a delegitimized political environment. To address certain problems with her view, I draw on Cornelius Nepos’s "Life of Atticus" for a political vision of friendship that refuses the choice between being “with us” or “against us” and seeks to preserve those who have lost power.

Keywords:   Arendt, Atticus, Machiavelli, Nepos, pluralism

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