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The Fabric of CharacterAristotle's Theory of Virtue$
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Nancy Sherman

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198239178

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198239173.001.0001

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The Shared Life

The Shared Life

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(p.118) 4 The Shared Life
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The Fabric of Character
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DOI:10.1093/0198239173.003.0004

In Aristotle's view, the good life is a life lived amongst friends, and in particular, amongst friends of virtue or good character. I contrast this emphasis on attachment and intimacy with the themes of a more impartialist ethics, such as Kant presents. I then discuss friendship as a relational form of external good and discuss issues relating to both chosen friendships and natural philia.

Keywords:   altruism, Aristotle, external goods, friendship, impartialist ethics, Kant, philia

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