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Higher Calling of Friendship

Higher Calling of Friendship


We learned about the rarity of what Aristotle calls “soul  friendship” or what Emerson calls “divine” friendship. Most philosophers  concur that cultivating such a friendship requires an openness to it,  an awareness that it will not likely occur, and a stringent honesty and  affection.

In this week’s reading material, the following philosophers discuss  their views on this topic: Saint Augustine, Aristotle, Plato,  Kierkegaard, Kant and Thomas of Aquinas. Make sure to incorporate their  views as you answer each discussion question. Think about how their  views may be similar or different from your own. In at least 350 words  total, please answer each of the following, drawing upon your reading  materials and your personal insight:

  • If “soul friendships” represent our highest attainment of friendship  and require great honesty and pure love, what might be our ethical  obligation to attempt to nurture such friendships?
  • Analyze, drawing upon examples from your own life, whether such  friendships are possible and explain some of the ethical considerations  that accompany them. 

Vernon, M. (2010). The Meaning of Friendship. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan. 

Chapter 5: Unconditional Love

Chapter 8: The Spirituality of Friendship

De Amicitia – On Friendship. Cicero (Links to an external site.) (1923). Retrieved from*.html

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