Plato and Aristotle in Accord: On Friendship (2 Sessions)
For both Plato and Aristotle, the company we keep is of the utmost importance. For Plato friendship is the consequence of the shared Eros in the pursuit of The Good; while for Aristotle the most valuable of friendships is to be found in the sharing of mutual virtues.
But, as Aristotle also says, while we keep our friends close, we must keep the truth closer still. In that spirit, these sessions will explore the concept of friendship as found in both these philosophers and examine the relationship of friendship to The Good and to The One.
Facilitator Greg Gauthier is a software test engineer, with thirty years’ experience in a variety of technology roles. He is a lifelong student of philosophy, and is presently studying for a BA in philosophy from the University of London International Programme. He was the 2018 winner of the Oxford Philosophical Society Boethius essay prize. His core areas of interest are moral philosophy, the moral foundations of political authority, and the metaphysics of religion.
This is a 2-session online course (using Zoom)
Session dates: 18th & 25th June 2021
Session time: 19.00 – 20.15 BST
Course fee: £20
Image Credit: Giotto’s Campanile, Florence: Logic