Aquinas on friendship

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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's paradigmatic 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 thanAristotle's, allowing for a higher extent of disagreement. lack of mutual understanding, and inequality between friends.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherClarendon Press
Number of pages189
ISBN (Electronic)0191525553, 0191607134, 0199205396, 0199645299, 1281148830, 1435621204, 9780199205394, 9786611148836
StatePublished - 2007

Publication series

NameOxford philosophical monographs
PublisherClarendon Press


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