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Jacek FRYDRYCH – Friendship, Morality and Ethics in Reminiscences from Aristotle: An Outline of the Personalist Interpretation of Friendship

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The current article describes friendship as an essentially normative phenomenon. The first thinker to have developed a mature conception of friendship conceived of as an interpersonal relation of normative character was Aristotle. Thus, in the opening section, I expound the Aristotelian understanding of friendship with the objective to point that the understanding of this phenomenon as a strictly moral reality involves a specific conception of morals. Having refuted the Aristotelian (eudaimonistic) interpretation of morality, yet preserving the Stagirite’s model of the phenomenon of friendship, I sketch an outline of the personalist approach to this category, drawing on Tadeusz Styczeń’s interpretation of the phenomenon of morality, in which the moment of truth-grasping has constitutive value. Indeed, I claim that a satisfactory explanation of the phenomenon of friendship construed as a normative relation is impossible unless the normative power of truth is taken into account. In this context, I also conclude that the present crisis of the institution of friendship results, among others, from inadequate education, which does not leave room for a systematic insight into the moral dimension of a human life.

Translated by Dorota Chabrajska

Keywords: friendship, morality, truth, ethics, Aristotle, Tadeusz Styczeń

Department of Ethics, Institute of Theoretical Philosophy,
Faculty of Philosophy, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin,
Al. Racławickie 14, 20-950 Lublin, Poland
E-mail: targo@kul.lublin.pl

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  1. ISSN 0860-8024
  2. e-ISSN 2720-5355
  3. The Republic of Poland Ministry of Science and Higher Education Value: 100.00
  4. Quarterly “Ethos” is indexed by the following databases: EBSCO, CEEOL, Index Copernicus (ICV 2017: 55.26), Philosopher’s Index, ERIH Plus.
  5. DOI Prefix 10.12887