Maarten Maartensz:    Philosophical Dictionary | Filosofisch Woordenboek                      

 F - Friendship

Friendship: Liking of, interest in and benevolence to another person.

Most friendships are based on similarities of interests, ideas, ideals or outlook. Friendship is, next to love, one of the things that make human society pleasant and interesting and worthwile, but it should be remarked that, while there is genuine friendship like there is genuine love, one often sees or meets shows of these rather than the genuine article, and that many persons have had the experience that when their social prospects or riches or health lessen, so does the interest of their friends in them: One is all too often not appreciated for what one is or may be, but for the advantages others expect from one.


See also: Love


Aristotle, Hume

 Original: Jun 21, 2005                                                Last edited: 12 December 2011.   Top