“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
Martin Luther King
It is often said that friendship is a particular bond that is difficult to define. In the movies or in literature, we always see the same vague definition : it is a long-standing bound based on a reciprocal affection. This common thought is not different from what Montaigne asserted in 1572 AC. Since he was unable to give a formal definition, he argued that the bond between two friends can be compared to sewing (« couture »). However, if friendship is a binding link we must ask ourselves : is it a constraining link or a voluntary sign of freedom? What are our duties to our friends ? What is the difference between love and friendship ? In the age of technology and fast-paced lifestyles, it is crucial to have a long-term thinking. Friendship is a fundamental notion of our existence and understanding it is a great step towards the ‘good life.’ (Aristotle)
You will be required to write one paper due last week of march with other students. You will produce a common work and present it in front of the class. There will be also weekly reflections on the readings and you will be expected to attend discussions.
If you are interested, here is the syllabus : https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/f0afd8_a611b606da60477db37f30c22c49c089.pdf
|Section and Lecture||Antoine Guéneau||20||Barrows 54||[M, W] 4:00PM-5:00PM||01/15/2018||