Other Selves

Aristotle on Personal and Political Friendship

By Paul Schollmeier

Subjects: Ancient Greek Philosophy
Series: SUNY series in Ethical Theory
Paperback : 9780791416846, 234 pages, September 1994
Hardcover : 9780791416839, 234 pages, September 1994

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Table of contents



I. Introduction

II. Happiness and Virtue

III. A Definition of Friendship

IV. A Motivation for Friendship

V. Political Friendship

VI. Political Justice

VII. Conclusion

Appendix A. Lawrence Blum

Appendix B. John Rawls


Select Bibliography

Subject Index

Author Index


This book presents a thorough and systematic integration of Aristotle's analysis of friendship with the main lines of the rest of his work in Politics and Nicomachean Ethics. The author conveys a clear sense of the continuing illumination that Aristotle's analysis of friendship provides to contemporary ethical theorists and to students of Aristotle. Other Selves speaks to both audiences.

Paul Schollmeier is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and is the Director of the Goodsprings Philosophical Institute.