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


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.

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According to Aristotle, three conditions must be fulfilled for friendship to exist between two people. One of those conditions is

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