Requirement: you must have taken one class in Philosophy, Classics or Rhetoric.
“Real friends, how many of us?
How many of us, how many jealous? Real friends
It's not many of us, we smile at each other
But how many honest? Trust issues“
- Kanye West
In this class, we will focus on several philosophical issues including the relation between friendship and the notions of freedom, ethics, desire and love. We will adopt a historical approach on these concepts and start with early Antiquity. 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 to understand it is a great step towards the ‘good life.’ (Aristotle)
As a first step, we will study the works of Ancient Philosophers and analyze the particular notion of φιλία. (philia). Then, we will try to see how the notion of friendship was transformed in the middle age. In the last part, the course will focus on ethical dilemmas and introduce modern works on friendship. We will also devote one week on other topics in sociology and the influence of social media.
20% Short responses
10% Group paper