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Friendship Reconsidered: What It Means and How It Matters to Politics

P. E. Digeser


In the history of Western thought, friendship’s relationship to politics is checkered. Friendship was seen as key to understanding political life in the ancient world, but it was then ignored for centuries. Today, friendship has again become a desirable framework for political interaction. In Friendship Reconsidered, P. E. Digeser contends that our rich and varied practices of friendship multiply and moderate connections to politics. Along the way, she sets forth a series of ideals that appreciates friendship’s many forms and its dynamic relationship to individuality, citizenship, political an ... More

Keywords: Friendship, Political thought, Self-interest, Duty, individuality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780231174343
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231174343.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

P. E. Digeser, author
University of California, Santa Barbara