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dc.contributor.author von Heyking, John
dc.date.accessioned 2011-08-15T19:04:25Z
dc.date.available 2011-08-15T19:04:25Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.citation von Heyking, J. (2008). “Sunaisthetic” friendship and the foundations of political anthropology. International Political Anthropology, 1, 179-193. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10133/2496
dc.description Permission to include this article granted by International Political Anthropology. en_US
dc.description.abstract Aristotle’s friendship teaching has been called the “peak” of his moral teaching. His understanding of sunaisthesis (joint perception/awareness) as the activity of virtue friendship has been called the “peak of the peak”. Furthering this line of inquiry, this paper considers how friendship is embedded in the nature of the intellect in sunaisthesis. By considering the manner that Aristotle thought the very activity of thought is to know and to love one’s friend, we see how friendship constitutes the foundation of politics, while also pointing beyond politics to the contemplation of the good. Friendship is built into the very way human beings think and act toward one another as moral agents, which shows its foundational role for political life. Because sunaisthesis cannot be judged by a standard or rule outside of itself, the paper considers the emphasis Aristotle places on the practice of friendship.
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher International Political Anthropology en_US
dc.subject Friendship en_US
dc.subject Thought and thinking en_US
dc.subject Aristotle en_US
dc.subject Ethics en_US
dc.subject Political science en_US
dc.title “Sunaisthetic” friendship and the foundations of political anthropology en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science en_US
dc.publisher.department Department of Political Science en_US
dc.description.peer-review Yes en_US
dc.publisher.institution University of Lethbridge en_US

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