Friendship, Ethics and Democracy
This paper focuses on Aristotle's portrayal of the highest and the ideal form of friendship. It explores the contribution that Aristotle makes to understandings of the relationship between the private and public spheres of life and the relevance of his views on friendship to the formation of community and to the sustenance of democratic forms of life. It does so by offering an interpretation of Kant's moral theory which aims to resolve the tension between Aristotle's notion of civic friendship (in his ethical and political writings) and a more personal or apolitical model of friendship (evident in his Ethics). In the process, the paper offers a critique of the significant moral qualities attaching to friendship.
Lynch, S. (2003). Friendship, ethics and democracy. In P. Cam (Ed.), Philosophy, democracy and education (pp. 63-80). Seoul, Korea: Korean National Commission for Unesco.