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Aquinas on Friendship$
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Daniel Schwartz

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199205394

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199205394.001.0001

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Concluding Remarks

Concluding Remarks

(p.162) Concluding Remarks
Aquinas on Friendship

Daniel Schwartz (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter presents some concluding thoughts. It attributes Aquinas' broadening of friendship to the unsuitability of Aristotelian friendship to accommodate successfully the Christian ideal of friendship with God. While Aquinas accepted the principle that friends will and reject the same things, he promoted (or demoted) this principle to an ideal. Perfect concord can be fulfilled only by individuals equipped with similar idiosyncrasies and information, placed in identical circumstances, and therefore capable of appreciating the same reasons and having similar attitudes.

Keywords:   will, friendship, love, Aristotle, justice

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