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Otomar J. Bartos

29 Negotiation as Friendship Formation OTOMAR J. BARTOS* Department of Sociology, University of Colorado, Boulder, Co 80309-0327, USA Abstract. Friendship between negotiators can play an important part in bringing about a lasting agreement. A theory of friendship helps to explain why friends

Hans-Georg Gadamer

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI: 10.1163/156916408X389604 Research in Phenomenology 39 (2009) 3–12 R e s e a r c h i n P h e n o m e n o l o g y Friendship and Solidarity (1999) 1 Hans-Georg Gadamer Abstract With reference to Plato and Aristotle, Gadamer discusses the question of what

Howard J. Curzer

At several points in the Lysis , Socrates advances an instrumental account of friendship ( iaf ) – the view that friendship is always motivated by a desire to use others for one’s own gain, treating others as mere means (e.g. 210b-d). In Aristotelian jargon: iaf says that all friendships are

Can Human Friendship Yield Knowledge of God?

Towards a Religious Epistemology Embodied in the Spirituality of Everyday Life

Willem J. van Asselt and Marcel Sarot

virtues that are acquired in the course of this pursuit. 9 Obviously, friendship is one of the practices in which practical wisdom is pursued and virtues are acquired. Here, we intend to inquire whether the ladder to the moon of arguments for the existence of God can be replaced by the bridge of

Corneliu Bjola

and FPA. To compensate for this limitation, the article proposes an alternative mode of thinking about diplomacy as a method of managing relations of enmity and friendship in world politics. This thesis is developed in three steps. The first section of the article examines the epistemological

Edited by Martin Huang

This is the first interdisciplinary effort to study friendship in late imperial China from the perspective of gender history. Friendship was valorized with unprecedented enthusiasm in Ming China (1368-1644). Some Ming literati even proposed that friendship was the most fundamental relationship among the so-called “five cardinal human relationships”.
Why the cult of friendship in Ming China? How was male friendship theorized, practiced and represented during that period? These are some of the questions the current volume deals with. Coming from different disciplines (history, musicology and literary studies), the contributors thoroughly explore the complexities and the gendered nature of friendship in Ming China.
This volume has also been published as a special theme issue of Brill's journal NAN NÜ, Men, Women and Gender in China.

Tim O’Keefe

sake of the pleasures that constitute it ( dl 2.87-8). 1 Consistently with this hedonism, they think that anything other than pleasure has at most instrumental value. This includes friendship. The mainstream Cyrenaics 2 say that ‘a friend is for the sake of use, for we also cherish a body part for

Rebecca K. Trisko, Aaron A. Sandel and Barbara Smuts

affiliative bonds, or friendships? (6) How does dominance influence the nature of affiliation in relationships? In Part 2 we provide detailed descriptions of 16 closely observed pairs associating in home environments, yards and dog parks for periods ranging from 6 months to 9 years. With


Francesco Alberoni

In Friendship, Francesco Alberoni offers a wide-ranging analysis of intimacy. Traversing disciplines, he untangles the meanings of friendship from family and friendly relations, from love and passion and the everyday experiences of coupledom. Friendship is the just relationship. Rather than based on exchange, it is an encounter between two intimates that repudiates the logics of the market, the depersonalizing norms of modern bureaucracy and the objectives of collectivities whether they be couples or social movements. Intimate and just, friendship partakes of the world while resisting its dehumanizing drift. Marrying philosophical poetics with social science sensibility, Alberoni shows that the extent to which we live up to the ideals of friendship marks our capacities to realize the republican virtues in concrete everyday life.

Mihalis Mentinis

This chapter discusses friendship as a centrifugal movement away from identity, similarity, and sameness. In contradistinction to approaches that tend to look for the essence of friendship and/or discuss it as a relationship that takes place in a chronotopic vacuum, the argument presented here is based on a certain diagnostics which holds that contemporary friendship has been caught in the centripetal forces of commonality, security, and trust in accordance with the psychopolitical demand for the production of shielded and encapsulated personhoods. Drawing on Esposito’s notion of community not as a common property or a fusion of individuals, but as constituted by lack and abstraction, and with reference to anthropological evidence on the notion of friendship among the Mapuche Indigenous population of Chile, the chapter attempts to prefigure friendship as the opening-up of the individual to the outside, a relational experimentation, and a radical grammar of relating that can rejuvenate the impoverished relational fabric.