Not a Friend in the World: Treatise on Nicomachean Ethics


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Not a Friend in the World: Treatise on Nicomachean Ethics
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January 23, 2011
In his treatise on Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle posited that “for without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods; even rich men and those in possession of office and of dominating power are thought to need friends most of all” (VIII, p. 1, 1). This assertion is quite narrow, however, and is centered on the debatable definition of what constitutes friendship. This paper makes the case that friendship is often defined on a highly subjective basis. The central argument that people in power need friends is truly a stretch. People in power often command “friends” as wealth affords a steady stream of...
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..... his points of view on friendship as they were detailed and profound, particularly for his time in history. His wisdom on the subject, however, must be challenged to see if it can be applied in the modern world, and if so, in what ways. If Aristotle were to be magically conjured up in the modern world and were to espouse such views, he might have a difficult time analyzing the complexities of modern friendships. Society has become far more diverse and women have gained far more freedoms than before. Aristotle would likely apply his brilliant mind and quickly adapt his theories on friendship to account for these complexities of modernity. Were Aristotle to fail to do so, he would find himself likely being stuck without a friend in the world.