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Love and Friendship in Plato and Aristotle
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Love and Friendship in Plato and Aristotle

A. W. Price


This book fully explores for the first time an idea common to Plato and Aristotle, which unites their treatments—otherwise very different—of love and friendship. The idea is that although persons are separate, their lives need not be. One person's life may overflow into another's, and as such, helping another person is a way of serving oneself. The book shows how their view of love and friendship, within not only personal relationships, but also the household and even the city-state, promises to resolve the old dichotomy between egoism and altruism.

Keywords: Plato, Aristotle, love, friendship, personal relationships, household, city-state, egoism, altruism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1990 Print ISBN-13: 9780198248996
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198248996.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

A. W. Price, author
Birkbeck College, London
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