Friendship in the Western Tradition: from Aristotle to Derrida

Friendship is an everyday reality, a theoretical concept and a historical category.  The object of the lecture was to pinpoint the origin of the concept in Aristotle’s philosophy, to trace the main stages of its development in the history of the Western tradition, and to highlight the moral values that it entails.

Suzanne Stern-Gillet is Professor of Ancient Philosophy at the University of Bolton and Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Manchester.

She is the author of Aristotle’s Philosophy of Friendship and of sixty articles on ethics and moral psychology.  She has co-edited with Kevin Corrigan a two-volume collection on Reading Ancient Textsand with Gary Gurtler a collection on Ancient and Medieval Concepts of Friendship.  She is currently at work on a monograph on Plato’s Ion for Cambridge University Press and is preparing a translation and commentary on Plotinus’ tractate On the Virtues (I.2 [19]) for Parmenides Publishing.

Rajeev Bhargava is Professor at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014
CSDS Seminar Room