The Nicomachean Ethics Book 8, Chapter 2 (1155b17-1156a5)
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Book 8, Chapter 2 (1155b17-1156a5)
- Aristotle starts by defining what is lovable (or able to be loved). Basically, the good and pleasant is lovable.
- But do we love the good? Or do we love what is good for us, personally?
- Aristotle says we'll love what appears good to us. It's highly subjective.
- People ought to wish for good things for their friends and reciprocate affection and good deeds with them.
- In order for friendship to exist, friends should be aware that their buddy wishes them well—it can't be a one-sided crush thing.
- There's also a sense of good will between friends, but that's not a quality exclusive to friendship, since we can feel it for total strangers.