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Aquinas on Friendship

Daniel Schwartz


This book 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. The book argues that Aquinas fundamentally revised 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 presented a broader view of friendship than Aristotle's, allowing for a higher extent of disagreement, lack of mutual understanding, and inequality between friends.

Keywords: Thomas Aquinas, relationship, Aristotle, man and God, disagreement, mutual understanding, inequality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199205394
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199205394.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Schwartz, author
Aston University, Birmingham
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