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Aristotle: The Three Types of Friendship

If there is one thing that can be used to describe human beings aside from intelligence and the power of destruction it would be that we are entirely social beings. No person is to live a life without being social. It merely would be impossible and for those who do find themselves in the state of rejecting society and a social lifestyle, it would be those who have psychological disorders. With us being social it leads to the search of companionship. The reality is that we all want friendships.
According to the great Greek philosopher Aristotle, we are complete social beings and seek friendship. Aristotle ...view middle of the document...

The friendship will fail to exist when there is no more need for one another.
The second type of friendship that Aristotle speaks of is one based on pleasure. This type of friendship is only based on what we find pleasurable from one another. This is a very common type of friendship and is mainly between young people. Aristotle also believes this type of friendship wouldn't last like the previous.
To agree with Aristotle I would analyze the depths of a pleasurable friendship. It is one where two people meet, spend time with one another and base it off on how it makes them feel. This type of friendship exists when two people have fun with each other and do things together for the sake of the pleasure it brings doing so. Once one person no longer feels that pleasure the friendship terminates. If I had a friend that I would only have to go out drinking with and have a good time, I would eventually get bored with doing the same things with the same person and move on. I no longer received pleasure in that friendship or person so I left it behind. It is in fact base on a feeling and Aristotle says that there is no such thing as a friendship based on feelings but in fact a mutual disposition.

The third and last type of friendship Aristotle speaks of is the friendship of goodness. I would describe this as the friendship of what is virtuous. This is what Aristotle claims to be the purest, most effective, and perfect friendship. It is reflective of our characters and what we wish for ourselves. This friendship is not only for our own good, but also for our friend without seeking anything in return. It is the good person that cares more about loving than being loved. It is a love that we have for our friend because of their nature and who they are which is a virtuous person. If we have this friend that is good and virtues we then can identify our own virtues.
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