Posted: September 18th, 2022
n this module, we learned about the rarity of what Aristotle calls “soul friendship” or what Emerson calls “divine” friendship. Most philosophers concur that cultivating such a friendship requires an openness to it, an awareness that it will not likely occur, and a stringent honesty and affection.
In this week’s reading material, the following philosophers discuss their views on this topic: Saint Augustine, Aristotle, Plato, Kierkegaard, Kant and Thomas of Aquinas. Make sure to incorporate their views as you answer each discussion question. Think about how their views may be similar or different from your own. In at least 250 words total, please answer each of the following, drawing upon your reading materials and your personal insight:
Emerson, R. W. (2009). Emerson, R. (2009). Essays. Waiheke Island: The Floating Press
Vernon, M. (2010). The Meaning of Friendship. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.
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