The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Friendship
The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Friendship is a superb compilation of chapters that explore the history, major topics, and controversies in philosophical work on friendship. It gives both the advanced scholar and the novice in the field an overview and also an in-depth exploration of the connections between friendship and the history of philosophy, morality, practical rationality, value theory, and interpersonal relationships more generally.
The Handbook consists of 31 newly commissioned chapters by an international slate of contributors, and is divided into six sections:
I. Historical Perspectives
II. Who Can Be Our Friends?
III. Friendship and Other Relationships
IV. The Value and Rationality of Friendship
V. Friendship, Morality, and Virtue
VI. New Issues in Philosophy of Friendship
This volume is essential reading not only for anyone interested in the philosophical questions involving friendship, but also for anyone interested in related topics such as love, sex, moral duties, the good life, the nature of rationality, interpersonal and interspecies relationships, and the nature of the person.
Part I: Historical Perspectives
1. Friendship in the Confucian Tradition
2. Plato’s Erotic Friendships
3. Aristotle on the Nature and Value of Friendship
4. The Stoics and Augustine on Friendship and Altruism
5. Kantian Friendship
6. Wollstonecraft on ‘That Simple Food’ of Friendship
Part II: Who Can Be Our Friends?
7. Friendship Between Children
8. The Physician as Friend to the Patient
9. Can Parents and Their Children Be Friends?
10. God and Redemptive Friendship
11. Friendship and Citizenship
12. Are Our Companion Animals Friends or Family?
Part III: Friendship and Other Relationships
13. Friendship and Family
14. Friendship Love and Romantic Love
15. Friendship and Marriage
Part IV: The Value and Rationality of Friendship
16. Friendship and Self-Interest
17. Friendship and the Personal Good
David O. Brink
18. The Value of Friendship
19. Friendship and Practical Reason
20. Friendship and Epistemic Partiality
21. Epistemic Partiality to Friends and Value Commitments
Part V: Friendship, Morality, and Virtue
22. Friendship and Consequentialism
23. Partiality to Friends
24. Friendship and Special Obligations
25. Are You a Good Friend?
26. Friendship and Loyalty
27. Friendship and Exploitation
Part VI: New Issues in Philosophy of Friendship
28. Friendship and Personal Identity
29. Friends with Benefits
30. Friendship and Social Media
31. Friendship and Feminist Values in Film