The Importance Of Friendship In The Post-Modern Society

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If in my Applied Morals class at Oberlin someone were to propose friendship as a significant moral paradigm and essential aspect of ethical consideration, I am sure their proposition would be met with scoffs and laughter. So how did we end up at a point in society where friendship is not taken into moral consideration if some of the most important Hellenic minds were so adamant about its importance? I would argue that friendship must return to post-modern life as a tool of improvement to our society, without stripping friendship of its inherent purity. Friendship is an ontological need for humans but also an overlooked political device and possibly the only solution to the many social issues in our current Trumpian era. As Nicgorski says “friendship is the last hope for securing and sustaining a leadership that might protect and develop the Republic.” (Class notes).…show more content…
This is the part of the reintroduction of friendship that is harder to argue than that of one merely for personal purposes. In post-modernity there is a necessity for utilitarian friendships and genuine friendships, so long as we can differentiate the time and place for each of these. Aristotle argues that utilitarian friendship is based on advantage meaning that “advantage is its reason for being” (Mitias 203). Although some philosophers we have discussed see no crossover between the two types of friendship, I think utilitarian friendship has many valid functions. “Both friendships of utility and friendships of pleasure are capable of leading to friendships of the highest sort.” (Schall 227). If we are more open to embarking on utilitarian, advantage based friendships within the political sphere, those friendships are likely to turn into something more pure and beneficial to all those that said politics would
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