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Ethics

Aristotle

Summary and Analysis Book VIII: Chapter I - Reasons for Studying Friendship

Summary

Friendship is a form of virtue, or at the very least implies the existence of virtue, and in addition is indispensable for human life since man is a social being. Friendship in the fullest sense of the word includes justice, concord, benevolent love, and nobility. It is an important element in all personal and institutional relations between men.