Aquinas on Friendship

Paperback | March 1, 2012

byDaniel Schwartz

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Daniel Schwartz examines the views on friendship of the great medieval philosopher Thomas Aquinas. For Aquinas friendship is the ideal type of relationship that rational beings should cultivate. Schwartz argues that Aquinas fundamentally revises some of the main features of Aristotle'sparadigmatic account of friendship so as to accommodate the case of friendship between radically unequal beings: man and God. As a result, Aquinas presents a broader view of friendship than Aristotle's, allowing for a higher extent of disagreement. lack of mutual understanding, and inequalitybetween friends.

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Daniel Schwartz examines the views on friendship of the great medieval philosopher Thomas Aquinas. For Aquinas friendship is the ideal type of relationship that rational beings should cultivate. Schwartz argues that Aquinas fundamentally revises some of the main features of Aristotle'sparadigmatic account of friendship so as to accommo...

David Schwartz is Lecturer in Politics in the School of Languages and Social Sciences at Aston University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.07 inPublished:March 1, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199645299

ISBN - 13:9780199645299

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Table of Contents

1. Aquinas on friendship: larger themes2. What concord requires3. Friendship and conformity of wills4. What prevents us from joining other people's projects: pride as an impediment to conformity of wills5. Friendship and uncertainty: presumptions and hope6. Friendship and recourse to justice7. Justice, satisfaction, and restoration of friendship8. Concluding Remarks

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"Schwartz's eight concise chapters are among the most refreshing and original studies of Aquinas in recent years " --Bryn Mawr Classical Review